Social Integration to resolve differences

Our East London Unites Project, funded by the GLA and managed by Comic Relief, is based in Waltham Forest and Hackney. The project involves delivering sports, alongside workshops on critical thinking, citizenship, and presentation skills; with the aim of facilitating new and lasting friendships between young people (aged 8-23) from different post codes, cultures and religions.

One of the sessions forming part of the project is an under 23s football session, supplemented by nutritional guidance and pathways to volunteering, training, and employment. The session is led by Salaam Peace Founder, Sab Bham and Owen Clarke, specialist in Conflict Resolution, and aims to support local young men from BAME backgrounds to overcome the challenges associated with COVID-19, including social isolation and inactivity.

A crucial facet of our project (and this session in particular) is to provide a platform where the Hackney Police and BAME young people can engage in positive discussions and debates, which is particularly crucial given the current Black Lives Matter Movement. Such dialogue enables the development of mutual trust and empathy between the Police and young people, as well as equipping our beneficiaries with the confidence to resolve conflicting viewpoints in a positive manner.

In the most challenging social climate of our time, we are continuing to BE THE CHANGE.

For more information on East London United and any information about Salaam Peace please contact: – Director of Operations – Director of Strategy and Administration