TalentEd Tutor Grace was recently invited to the House of Lords to celebrate the work of the Near Neighbours programme over the last few years. The event, ‘Communities & Integration: Learning from Near Neighbours, Conflict, Challenge & Change’ the event was hosted by Baroness Eaton, DBL DD and celebrated projects such as the ‘Building Bridges’ Project that Grace’s organisation WAPPY ran at St Dunstan’s church.
Here’s what Grace had to say:
“This time last year WAPPY won funding from Near Neighbours to run its popular ‘Building Bridges’ Project @ St. Dunstan’s church, which involved bringing young people together from various ethnic, faith and cultural backgrounds, with varied interests and skills to take part in team-building, problem-solving and ‘hands on’ construction activities, which led to the production of publishable spoken and written word and art work. ‘Building Bridges’ generated inspirational postcards, personalised T Shirts and outstanding poems, short stories and artwork, which have formed the basis of one of the chapters by the same title in ‘Wonderful World of WAPPY.”
“It was lovely to learn more about the programme from its champions and see how a small grant can make such a difference to communities and people’s lives. I met some really interesting individuals including Mary Tameze and Tahseen Mehar (she knows my mate, Rachel Pepper really well).”