Building Bridges Pendle has a strong record of delivering publicly funded projects, historically supported by Government departments but more recently from grant trust funds.
Our current ‘Good Neighbours Project’ is funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund for a three year project to work with young people and their families on a number of initiatives that aim to improve community cohesion and tolerance in Pendle. This project is currently due to finish at the end of March 2017.
AIM: To improve community relations and community cohesion by raising awareness and understanding among young people about different cultures; promoting common values; improving their confidence to express their views and concerns about a diverse society; and helping them develop friendships that cross cultural and community boundaries.
Summary of planned activities:
Production of interactive education programmes (up to 1 hour per session) on:
- Different Cultures – PRIMARY
- Social Values in Common – SECONDARY
- Community Cohesion (Values and Integration) – SECONDARY
- Personal Development, Communication and Social Skills – COLLEGE
- Development of twinning schemes and school assemblies
- Initiate agreements of collaborative working between partners
Delivery community based cohesion events linking into schools programmes
Building Bridges Pendle has been successful in its most recent grant application and has received a £20,000 grant fund for a new project which will run from April 2016 through to the end of March 2018.
The ‘Connecting Communities’ project will produce two new community-led forums which will bring together groups for learning, consultation and networking opportunities; especially in relation to a Community Cohesion agenda. These forums will also present statutory bodies with a link into the community domain and a platform on which to develop relationships, encourage partnerships and remain up to date and informed on matters relevant to the local situation.
- Community Cohesion Action Network
This forum will consist of representatives from community groups across Pendle and would have a responsibility to maintain Cohesion as a priority local agenda.
- The Pendle Forum of Faiths (PFF)
A forum which is representative of the Faith Communities in Pendle and brings together local faith leaders on one platform where they can engage in dialogue to better understand each other, develop friendships, work together on common social issues and Interfaith matters.
This project is funded by Pendle Borough Council and the Bowland Trust.