InterACT develops community cohesion through social action. Young asylum-seekers and refugees work together with local young people to tackle issues affecting their communities.
The young people identify issues and address them together through their own projects.
Currently, we do not provide further training or support. We did for three years, during which we helped community cohesion in Barnsley, Bradford, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Slough, Swansea and Tameside.
We have half the funding needed to provide training for another two or three years: all we need to do is match it.
What does InterACT achieve?
[InterACT is] an excellent vehicle for change ... a catalyst for providers to understand the role they must play in working with our young people. Refugee Action, Slough
- It breaks down barriers to integration
- It develops skills and knowledge for participating actively in the local community
- It exposes gaps in service provision
- It increases opportunities for effective collaboration between organisations.
We have a solid methodology that strengthens ties between people from different groups and helps organisations better understand the barriers facing young people.
Now we want to concentrate on helping more communities.
For that, we need money.
How does InterACT work?
An InterACT programme must be delivered collaboratively by two organisations.
One of the organisations must work with young refugees and asylum seekers, the other with local young people. They may recruit up to 30 young people between them.
The programe runs in four stages:
- The young people go into the local community to research the issues affecting it.
- The two groups meet. They start to identify common issues they would like to tackle.
The young people learn about communication, team-building, project planning, campaigning and influencing decision-makers.
They then design and organise a social action project. They apply to InterACT for a seed grant.
- The young people organise a celebration event in their local community.
What did they get from us?
In the first three years we supplied:
Resources and training
- A training manual for key-workers;
- A free training event for partner organisations;
- An initial session for the young people in Stage 2.
- £250 towards running an activity in Stage 1;
- Up to £2,000 seed-funding to run a social action project;
- £1,500 for each organisation to run six sessions with young people;
- £300 towards a celebration event.
- Support for partner organisations throughout the process;
- Promotion of the project through local media.
If you'd like us to tell you when a decision is made to continue for another three years, and what support we can offer you, fill in your details below.
Want to know more? Take a look at InterACT's evaluation report for 2012 [pdf].