T4P are pleased to partner with the British Council to develop their Active Citizens programme in Leeds…
Active Citizens connects and supports organisations and adults (especially young adults) involved in local initiatives that benefit their community. It aims to provide them with tools and assistance to develop their intercultural skills, to run social action projects in their local area, to gain an international perspective on community-led development, and to share ideas and practice.
We have just finished the September 2013 – May 2014 cycle. During the 2014-2015 cycle we are supporting the future development of the Active Citizens programme.
Further info on our previous programmes…
Active Citizens 2013. This was another full and varied programme building on the learning from previous cycles. We held a series of weekend workshops in Leeds for 25 participants and visited CATCH/The Hub in Harehills and Hardy Street Mosque in Beeston. A group of 20 visited Corrymeela in Belfast and we met with ex-combatants who are now working together at interface areas in the city. 3 participants took part in International Study Visits to Palestine and a further participant went on the UK ISV, we also hosted a group in Leeds. Out of our main group many social action projects have emerged and individuals and groups have been mentored by Yorkshire Mentoring forum and T4P. The projects have included crime & consequences sessions with young people, a learning journey to the Shoreditch Trust in Hackney, a series of events called ‘Getting to know Leeds, Getting to know one another’ initiated by the Baltic Community, and a community walk up Mt Snowdon.
Active Citizens 2012. During the first half of this year, we partnered with Oblong, who delivered a series of workshops on community activism and leadership, and worked with groups on grassroots social action projects. 3 of the participants had the opportunity to visit Kenya and we hosted a learning journey in Leeds. Later in the year we partnered with Uhuru and Social Arts to run another main programme. Participants from previous programmes were promoted to facilitate workshops, 3 went to Bangladesh, to connect and learn from community activists there and from across the world. We also took the 20+ participants on a residential to the Corrymeela Centre for Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. During December we hosted a group of Active Citizens from across the world here in Leeds and various social actions projects are now in development.
Active Citizens 2011. This programme featured a 3 day training workshop, a learning journey to Leeds by participants from Romania and Estonia (where connections were made with the organisations listed below), and a week-long trip to Romania for our Leeds team. Some of the group went on to develop their own ‘Active Citizens Safer Community project’ with young adults in Chapeltown. Thanks to Jimbo’s Fund for contributions towards this.
Many thanks to The British Council and to all who have been involved supporting in various ways on the programme: Oblong, CYDC, Uhuru, Social Arts, REEMAP, RETAS, Chapeltown Neighbourhood Police, City of Sanctuary, Get Away Girls, Yorkshire Cricket, Positive Futures, the Lazor Centre Armley, n:fuse, Peace Studies Bradford, West Bowling Youth Project, Women of Peace, Peace Jam, Chapeltown Development Trust, Hamara, South Leeds Academy, Lady Pit Lane Gurdwara, Hardy Street Masjid, Churches Together in Beeston, the Mayor and many more.