In summer 2006, a young man was stabbed to death in our local area. Tensions rose between two local gangs and the community was suffering from the loss of the young man, and also fear of retaliation which could lead to more tension in the area. Football Unites Racism Divides worked alongside the police and young people to improve community cohesion. This was done through organising anti-racism workshops and activities in partnership with the police for the young people in the Sharrow/Nether Edge area.
It also led to the formation of FURD's Young People Against Conflict group which saw young people coming together, with the support of FURD workers, to work with other young people to find ways of peacefully resolving conflict situations and delivering workshops looking at race and connected issues.
- To build self confidence and esteem in young people
- To equip young people with personal conflict resolution skills
- To break down barriers of miscommunication and how misinformation and labelling can lead to conflict.
- To take a diverse group of young people (Somali, Pakistani, African Caribbean, Bangladeshi, white and multiple heritages) away from their normal settings (territories) to explore barriers.
- To look at commonalities and how religion can bring together groups of young people.
- Young people will offer training to other groups of young people that have been identified as prone to getting into conflict situations. This will be done in the form of referrals.
- Different ethnic/race groups will work better in a more cohesive approach.
- Training will be offered to a variety of local agencies /groups//workshop leaders, project coordinators and youth groups.