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ChildsSide has designed a completely original project in Yorkshire, specifically aimed at new migrant parents. The 6 week series gives parents new skills and helps them to gain confidence in their family life here, build stronger relationships, and establish a strong foundation for their child’s future.
Parents new to the UK tell us they want a better understanding of what it is to raise children in their new home and new country. Parents say that without current information on parenting ideas, expectations, and services, it is very hard to settle well. Without language support, they miss out, have dashed hopes and encounter unnecessary problems as families. Overcoming barriers to health, school and English language, they feel, would help families to feel at home more quickly. More experienced parents often say, ‘if only I had known!’
Judith represented ChildsSide with InterMix, in a new partnered project with Nola at Nola Ellen Education Training/Consultancy and Dan at DJ School UK. This funded project was delivered through Voluntary Action Leeds and during April 2017 for 17-24 year olds, bringing young people together with a DJing activity and 'Challenging conversations'
Between January and June 2017, Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) ran an innovative 6-month long project called ‘Challenging Conversations’, funded by the Home Office’s Hate Crime Community Projects programme.
The project was made up of several, separate sub-projects which ran at a neighbourhood-level across Leeds. The aim was to investigate the causes of hate crime amongst young people and then to develop some potential responses to it.
ChildsSide was delighted to have been able to participate in one of these sub-projects, in what was a collaboration between three organisations; a freelance trainer specialising in working with young people, a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a background in supporting wellbeing in families (ChildsSide) and a non-profit DJ’ing project that works with young people. Working together, we delivered a diversity awareness course for five young males from settled communities and five young males who had recently arrived in the UK. We then ran a workshop for them to mix shared DJ tracks, working closely together to produce them. The young people found they could use music as a medium for conversation and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. They were able to develop new relationships that have continued beyond the original project.
Overall, ‘Challenging Conversations’ had a small, but valuable, impact on young people, helping them to build better relationships with each other. The initiative laid the groundwork for more in-depth conversations in the future and recommended that we all to look for ways to bring young people from different communities together.
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Baby Week Leeds Monday 11th-16th September 2017
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