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InterACT projects

From 2010 to 2012, InterAct connected communities through social action. These are some of the projects that grew from our intervention.

Young people in Tameside plan their documentary about youth unemployment
InterACT participants working together in Tameside

Liverpool

ParticipantsPartnersProject
34 young peopleRefugee Action and the Prince's Trust

An awareness-raising event for homelessness

Young people in Liverpool plan how they will raise awareness of homelessness
Young people in Liverpool plan how they will raise awareness of homelessness

The team raised awareness of homelessness by organising an event in the city. It created leaflets, posters and t-shirts for the event.

The team also cooked food from around the world each week. They donated this to Sisters of Mercy, who run a homeless hostel.

'It's been a really, really good opportunity ... it's made us all learn a lot about ourselves as well as about other people.'

Stacey, young participant from Prince's Trust (Fairbridge Programme)

'Working with young people at Fairbridge has helped me develop communication skills.'

Shakirah, young participant from Refugee Action

'[InterACT] has developed a relationship with Refugee Action, a partner we have not previously worked with and this is already helping with referrals and moving on opportunities...it is a great project and we are already looking at our project for next year.'

Jayne Wilson, Head of Prince's Trust Centre
The Liverpool InterACT group prepares food for a local hostel
The Liverpool InterACT group prepares food for a local hostel

Manchester

ParticipantsPartnersProject
24 young peopleUnion Street Media Arts and the Prince's Trust (Fairbridge Programme)

A stall at Refugee Week events

InterACT participants in Manchester
InterACT participants in Manchester

The team created a stall about their InterACT project, which they took to Refugee Week events in Salford.

The stalls included information leaflets and presentation boards about the project. They also made friendship bracelets and food.

'This has been extremely important to my centre in Salford as our engagement with BME communities is quite low.

'Asian Muslim women wouldn't engage on the Fairbridge programme, but on this project they have done and I think it is probably the first time we have had a group of predominantly Muslim young people engaging with our young people.'

Michelle Vaughan, Head of Prince's Trust Centre, Salford

'The Fairbridge InterACT project is a progressive and vital project which in practice promotes community/young people cohesion, builds awareness and an appreciation of the beauty of multiculturalism.'

Anthony Downer, social worker in Salford

Young people in Greater Manchester unite for community project (salfordcvs.co.uk).

Sheffield

ParticipantsPartnersProject
25 young peopleChildren's Society and Yemeni Community Association

A film about drug abuse

The team developed a film about drug abuse in their city.

Young people in Sheffield plan a film about the citys drug abuse
Young people in Sheffield plan a film about the city's drug abuse

Slough

ParticipantsPartnersProjects
28 young people Aik Saath and Berkshire Education and Youth Centre (BEYC)A film and newsletter challenging stereotypes; a football tournament to bring people together

Young women from discuss what its like to be a girl living in Slough
Young women discuss what it's like to be 'a girl living in Slough'

There are two InterAct teams in Slough: a boys group and a girls group.

The girls' group made a film to challenge stereotypes of different cultures. It also produced an online newsletter to celebrate the positive things about living in Slough.

The boys' group organised a football tournament to encourage young people from different backgrounds to interact. It was attended by more than 60 young people of 18 different nationalities.

'[InterACT is about] integrating different communities together and trying to get them to work together for one positive cause.'

Young participant from Berkshire Education and Youth Centre

'I decided to take part in InterACT because it's a fantastic opportunity to get to know about a different culture.'

Young participant from Aik Saath
'Without programmes like [InterACT]...investing in integrated youth provisions and supporting CVS organisations to deliver integrated youth initiatives more of our young people will be at risk of a plethora of harms all typical of an fragmented society, the most obvious being race hate crime and a rise in extremism.
Refugee Action views this programme of work as being an excellent vehicle for change, a seed project acting as a catalyst for providers to understand the role they must play in working with our young people.'
Lou Calvey, Deputy Director of Operations, Refugee Action Slough
Slough boys organised a football match to bring people together
Slough boys organised a football match to bring people together

Swansea

ParticipantsPartnersProject
Unknown numberDisplaced People in Action and Swansea Young Homeless Project

Celebrating diversity through storytelling

Young people in Tameside plan their documentary about youth unemployment
InterACT participants in Swansea

The team was concerned about racism, so chose to do something celebrating diversity. They decided to share experiences with other young people through storytelling.

They ran team-building activities for young people from Swansea, and encouraged them to tell their stories too.

'Sharing stories really opened new understanding for them. Not only have the young people we work with challenged their ideas about young asylum seekers and refugees, but it's worked both ways: the young people from DPiA have had the chance to understand more about the challenges around heroin addiction.'

Rachel, Key Worker at Swansea Young Single Homeless Project

'We have built stronger links with the Welsh Refugee Council and the Foyer, and will definitely continue to work with Swansea Young Single Homeless Project.'

Louise, Key Worker at Displaced People in Action

Tameside

ParticipantsPartnersProject
36 young peopleTameside Youth Forum and Refugee Action

A documentary about youth unemployment

Young people in Tameside plan their documentary about youth unemployment
Young people in Tameside plan their documentary about youth unemployment

The team made a documentary film about youth unemployment and planned to interview young people at youth centres, local employers and police.

'British people are good and friendly not as I was thinking in the past.'

Young person from Refugee Action

'I thought that I'd be very awkward [meeting Refugee Action] just like trying to make myself understood...[I have learnt] communication skills.

'And simple things like eye contact and body language which will help them understand what you're trying to...[say].'

Beth, young participant from Tameside Youth Forum

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