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New Beginnings Project

New Beginnings will be funded by the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund from January 2018 and will be running for another three years. The aim of the New Beginnings Project is to work with the refugee & asylum community in Blackburn with Darwen to enable them to help each other to settle into life in the UK. 

New Beginnings will be  running for three years. The aim of the New Beginnings Project is to work with the refugee & asylum community in Blackburn with Darwen to enable them to help each other to settle into life in the UK.

The members of New Beginnings are becoming active citizens who can assist other new people to settle into life in the UK, to engage with the indigenous population as well as immigrants from other parts of Europe. The project is aiming to build the groups skills and confidence, reduce the isolation that so many refugees and asylum seekers can experience, reduce the risk of members being influenced by extremist voices, and will contribute to enhanced community cohesion.

The project intends to develop and recruit 36 local Community Champions.

The project will deliver workshops to develop the capacity of the Community Champions to improve understanding of some of these topic’s so they can share their knowledge with new comers into the area;                                                        

  • English language
  • British culture and etiquette
  • Extremism
  • Radicalisation
  • The Judicial System
  • Human Rights
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Safeguarding
  • E-Safety

 

LATEST NEWS FROM THE NEW BEGINNINGS PROJECT

 

New Beginnings – A community day trip to Southport

On 12 August 2018, Blackburn YMCA arranged a day trip for 106 men and women, including 60 children to Southport. People from Accrington, Blackburn and Darwen enjoyed the day at the seaside. The group came from 18 different nations, from El Salvador to Thailand and from Myanmar to Morocco.

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If you have any enquiries about the project or would like to get involved please register your interest here