Colwyn Bay based Not-for-profit receives funding from People’s Health Trust
Colwyn Bay based not for profit Community Interest Group North Wales Association for Multicultural Integration (NWAMI) has received significant funding from The People Health Trust. People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each of the 51 society lotteries and makes grants using money raised by the society lotteries through The Health Lottery.
NWAMI’s Project “CROESO I BAWB/Welcome to All” will run for 50 weeks and will offer Welsh and English conversational language courses delivered by professional tutors from Grwp Llandrillo Menai. The programme will also deliver a variety of art and craft sessions.
Speaking about the project NWAMI’s founder and Chairman Cllr/Dr Sibani Roy said:
We aim to decrease social isolation and loneliness, and to improve connection in the community and to create friendships among participants and to establish equality through diversity, friendships between those of different age, gender, sexuality, religion, abilities and ethnicity.
Language is one of the most prominent barriers in community cohesion. By teaching both English and Welsh language we hope to cross the first hurdle to break the communication barrier. We will gather the existing groups to discuss and plan the future activities. We will also promote the groups via local networks, encouraging new people to come forward and take part. As the project progresses, people will gain confidence and start communicating more openly with each other and socialising within their own learner’s group to begin with. Then eventually a wider community will be inspired to join and it will have snowballing effect — widening people’s social networks and enabling them to build relationships that can be maintained outside of the group, helping them feel more integrated in the community. Our achievements by 12 months will have a lasting ongoing effect in the community.
A NWAMI spokesman said:
Based on the recognition of both differences and similarities between cultures the project will be supportive of cross-cultural dialogue and will challenge self-segregation tendencies within cultures.
The impetus of the project will be to move beyond a passive acceptance of a multicultural fact of multiple cultures effectively existing in a society and instead will promote dialogue and interaction between cultures.
The ethos of the project will be rooted in the pursuit to define shared interests and common values across cultural and national borders.
We wish to achieve a high number of participation of people locally. We want people developing their confidence in sharing and expressing their ideas and opinions. People taking pride in their idea and working with others from the community to design and deliver their idea to the rest of their peers.
We will encourage and seek to equip participants in the project with the means to think outside the box of one’s motherland” and by “seeing many sides of every question without abandoning conviction, and without losing one’s own cultural centre
The programme will begin in the second week of March and places are limited as the take up rate is already significantly encouraging. The sessions will be held at the Centre for Cultural Engagement, 10 Greenfield Road, Colwyn Bay
NWAMI wishes to express its thanks to the Public Health Trust for its generous funding to allow this exciting project to go ahead.
For Further information please contact NWAMI