Over three years, the Stronger Communities project will take an innovative approach of working with and across groups that are traditionally divided by ethnicity, religion, culture and fear to build stronger and more cohesive communities making Calderdale a place of welcome and tolerance for all.
Welcoming asylum seekers and refugees, especially in deprived areas, can and does lead to increased conflict between communities, due to a perceived competition for resources such as housing, doctors’ appointments and school places. But many of the issues faced by refugees, asylum seekers and British people experiencing poverty are the same.
These issues include high levels of unemployment, social isolation, the stigma of living in poverty and low levels of involvement in influencing decision-making in the local community.
All One Collective & Lab are working in partnership with the St. Augustine’s Centre, Halifax, with funding from the Community Foundation for Calderdale and the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust. The project is a key component of developing Calderdale as a Valley of Sanctuary under the City of Sanctuary model.
A58, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England HX1 2SH, United Kingdom