We are working in partnership with several organisations to deliver projects as part of our vision to create integrated, empowered and inclusive communities in Walsall. These projects aim to improve social mixing and break down barriers to integration in different ways. Although most of our projects have now finished, we still encourage you to get involved with these organisations. You can find contact details for each organisation on their respective pages.
If you have any questions about our projects, please get in touch with us.
Last updated: 10th December 2021
Places of Welcome
A Place of Welcome is a place where anybody can go, where they know they will be warmly welcomed, receive free refreshments and a guarantee of being made to feel valued and included. Attending a Place of Welcome can also help with confidence and improving physical and mental wellbeing.
School Linking Programme
Working with The Linking Network, the Schools Linking Programme in Walsall was launched in the autumn term of 2018. In 2019, numbers increased to 24 classes with 13 new schools joining the programme, engaging with over 650 pupils. The programme provides opportunities for young people to learn about faith, belief, culture and British Values, with Walsall for All staff providing additional guidance and support, as well as working with delivery partners such as Walsall FC and The New Art Gallery Walsall.
UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools
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.
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.
To learn more about the work of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, we recommend visiting The Romani Cultural and Arts Company website (a community development organisation using the arts and culture as a vehicle for advocacy and empowerment, amongst the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities): www.romaniarts.co.uk
Black History Month
Black History Month 2021’s theme of ‘Proud to Be’ represented an opportunity to look at identity and to look deeper at the individual experiences of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds as well as the common challenges and perceptions experienced across all of our Black communities.
brap worked with Walsall for All to deliver The Pledge - and ensure a wide range of organisations signed up. They provided follow up support for participating organisations to implement objectives and ethos of The Pledge. Individuals and organisations can still sign up to The Pledge and explore ways of incorporating cohesion and integration into their daily life or work.
Originally delivered by the National Youth Agency, “Your Voice Now” recognises young people’s potential as change makers and encourage them to develop social action projects. Kicsters have taken over this project and the opportunity continues to be open for any young people who would like to become Youth Ambassadors.
DWP Community Connectors
Specialist Community Connectors from DWP supported over 300 women in Walsall with moving forward. To achieve this, they delivered support through different activities and projects, including Empowering Women Workshops, Motivate Your Mind Workshops and Coffee Mornings.
Walsall Community Transport
Walsall Community Transport enabled integration and social mixing within communities by providing free transport to people and local organisations. Transport can be a significant barrier, particularly for disadvantaged groups. Individuals and organisations were encouraged to take up Walsall Community Transport as an opportunity to offer trips and visits, in order to break down barriers.
Walsall Diversity Project
Working in partnership with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, DWP and the University of Wolverhampton, this project looked at businesses in Walsall and their approach to diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace. The project incorporated three elements: a research study, a virtual conference and an invitation for participating businesses to make a public pledge celebrating and highlighting their commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
Walsall Creative Factory
Walsall Creative Factory ran a number of activities at their community arts workshop in The Butts, including an Asian Elders drop in on Wednesdays, Geeks Art Club on Mondays (an integrated group supporting teenagers and young adults with learning disabilities) and Homeless and Vulnerable drop-ins on Fridays.