brap have been commissioned to develop a Charter – Walsall for All Pledge - and ensure that a wide range of organisations sign up to the charter. They will provide follow up support and training for the participating organisations to implement objectives and ethos of the charter. Individuals and organisations are invited to take part in this project and embed integration into their organisation.
The Faith and Belief Forum are encouraging local communities and residents to have safe dialogue on local and sensitive issues and integration and ask difficult questions. Through Community Dialogue, it is hoped that myths and stereotypes are challenged positively, people’s voices are heard and issues are acted upon. Local communities and residents are invited to take part in the Community Dialogue sessions.
This project is about recognising young people’s potential as change makers. The project will train young people to drive and deliver projects in order to create short and long-term impact as well as drive four youth voice events across the borough. The events could be focused on a variety of issues, such as knife crime and the environment.
The School Linking programme is a successful, national initiative, developed by The Linking Network, based in Bradford. School Linking is about enabling children from different backgrounds to meet together, learn about each other and create a sense of togetherness. Identity and belonging are the main focuses.
Black Country Innovate will work in partnership with the Police to analyse hate crime data, explore ways of reducing incidents, training individuals and supporting those affected by hate crime. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to have an awareness of Hate Crime, as well as raising awareness with others.
Walsall Community Transport are enabling integration and social mixing within our communities by providing free transport to people and local organisations. Transport can be a significant barrier, particularly for disadvantaged groups. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to take up Walsall Community Transport as an opportunity to offer trips and visits, in order to break down barriers.
This project will enable local schools to employ rights-based approaches with young people. This has a demonstrable impact on integration in some schools as young people are included and feel respected. We are threading this offer to schools with other complimentary projects including School Linking and the Arts Project.
Haroon Ravat –
Walsall Arts for All
Provider: Arts Connect
A high-quality arts and cultural programme will be delivered, with a focus on identity, culture and diversity through a range of immersive arts experiences for young people and their parents/carers, teachers and schools. A Development Manager has been appointed to drive the project locally. The programme was formally launched through an inter-school competition on 26th June at Forest Arts Centre.
Nash Dom CIC will support integration of newly arrived communities through Welcome Packs, which will include information on rights and responsibilities for all residents in Walsall, useful information on local services and signposting to organisations and groups. Part of this project will also involve inviting individuals to be part of a ‘buddying scheme’ to support those who are new to the local area.
Provider: The National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups
The National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups will ensure Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities have a clear voice in the Walsall for All programme and the council regarding their challenges and needs. This will strengthen service provision, increase understanding in Walsall of these communities, resulting in reduced tensions and negativity towards them.