Inclusivity

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

Project Hope Leeds exists to bring hope into people’s lives! We help people from various ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds to come together in an encouraging and welcoming environment, which enables them to build relationships, as well as, to grow in basic life skills.

Everybody needs to feel that they belong somewhere, especially if they are new to this country.
The Richmond Hill and Burmantofts areas of Leeds are beautifully diverse, but also have the transiency rate much above the Leeds average with 29% of the population having lived in England for less than 10 years. With this in mind, as a project we are committed to making the local communities as inclusive and welcoming as possible.

We believe that the best way of achieving this is, by bringing people from various backgrounds into an inclusive welcoming environment and providing common ground for discussions – such as bringing up children, managing money, learning how to cook together and to grow in confidence. For the last 5 years, we have been successfully bringing together people from various cultures, religions, socio-economic backgrounds. We help families to draw on each other’s wisdom, varied experiences and form meaningful friendships. We work with families from Somalia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, some Swahili speaking communities, India, Eastern Europe and people of various British backgrounds.

With the help of Avivia Community Fund we would love to run more regular activities for families through our Hope Families Project, which would benefit around 250 – 300 people. We aim to run weekly drop in sessions for parents of children of various ages. The aim of those sessions would be for parents to get to know each other, share tips and ideas on bringing up children and create a lovely supportive community. We believe that chatting about family life is a great leveller, as parents no matter where they come from or what believes they hold, all want the best for their children.

We also aim to run a weekly Tea Time Club, where whole families can come together after school, play together and eat a healthy dinner as well as learn to cook simple meals with recipes from all over the world. This also means, that children from various backgrounds, who interact well together within the school environment can also do so outside of the school hours.

Lastly, we aim to run Big Family Fun Days during Easter and Summer School Holidays. These fun parties, include arts and crafts, refreshments, games, bouncy castles and children entertainers. They are brilliant opportunities for families from varied communities, who might otherwise not have a chance to mix at all, to have fun together.

The funding from the Avivia Community Fund would enable us to pay for sessional workers to run the activities, as well as help purchase resources and refreshments and pay for the costs of the children entertainers for the Family Fun Days.

Please vote for us – we are very well placed for this work with good links into local schools and other local community groups and organisation and we also have a proven track record of bringing various communities together. We are very good at creating an inclusive, encouraging and non-judgmental environment. Our volunteers come from varied ethnic and religious backgrounds and our main strength lies in creating beautiful communities for families to belong to.

Project Video

Project Hope Leeds

I love the local communities, because they are very diverse, yet there are many people willing to cross any divides in order to see the communities flourish. I am proud of Project Hope Leeds, because it works tirelessly to make people’s lives better and sees great worth in every individual.

Location: Leeds