Youthact! Project in
Waltham Forest

Warwick School

Understood - Warwick School

Living in Waltham Forest and feeling the current tensions amongst the community and in particular towards the Muslim community in the aftermath of 7/7 and the recent terrorism-related arrests in the area, young people at Warwick School want to bring cohesion and understanding to their community.

Project started: Oct 2006

Students at Warwick School in Waltham Forest are certainly no strangers to the feelings of tension amongst the different groups of people in their community.

These feelings have only become more intense since the terrorist attacks on 7th July 2005 and recent arrests of people suspected of involvement in acts of terror in the area. The group have decided to do some thing to promote cohesion in the community particularly around the issue of religion.They want to bring understanding to the different religions in Waltham Forest.

Their campaign is called 'Understood' and they want to take on the fact that communities exsist separately with very little interaction between the faiths and want to create real diversity in the borough. They believe that it is important for the community. They believe that the spotlight on the community that will accompany the Olympics in 2012 offers a real chance to demonstrate the importance of multiculturalism starting with their own borough!

By making the community stronger as a collective by bringing different groups together, they believe they will prevent and present an obstacle to the creation of isolated groups with racist or extremist tendencies.

To bring the community together they plan to organise an exhibition at the Town Hall to celebrate the diversity of faith in Waltham Forest taking plays to primary schools to challenge stereotypes of different faiths and protesting against the media's portrayl of faith-related issues in the borough.

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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