Black Country Near Neighbours

Black Country Near Neighbours

Black Country Near Neighbours is a vital part of Transforming Communities Together and is the main way that we deliver our inter-faith work

 

WHAT IS BLACK COUNTRY NEAR NEIGHBOURS?

The idea is to bring people together who are near neighbours in communities that are diverse, so they can get to know each other better, build relationships as people and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.

Near Neighbours has two key objectives:

  • Social interaction – to develop positive relationships in multi-faith areas i.e. to help people from different faiths get to know and understand each other better.
  • Social action – to encourage people of different faiths, or no faith, to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood

WHY BLACK COUNTRY NEAR NEIGHBOURS?

The districts of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Smethwick & Walsall are together known as the Black country because it was the original home of British heavy industry and manufacturing.  The people are known for their distinctive accent, work ethic, sense of community and strong family.  We have an independence of mind and a directness of speech.  Our openness and friendliness is something to be valued.  Nowadays it is a vibrant place with people of many different cultures, faiths and nations who are here to make a better life for their families.

Many parts of the Black Country are challenged with high unemployment, poor housing and poorer health than other regions.  We all want a better local community and we are the best people to understand the problems and work out how to solve them.  We believe to be really effective to tackle these challenges the different parts of our community that haven’t talked together as much as they could need to get together.  We need to find ways to actively build respect and trust for each other and find a way to make our Black Country a great place for us and our families.

 

WHAT KIND OF THINGS HAS BLACK COUNTRY NEAR NEIGHBOURS DONE SO FAR?

Do you have a passion to bring together people of different faiths in your community but are struggling for ideas?

Near Neighbours have brought out a helpful new resource called Snapshots. It gives examples of successful projects and some useful tips on how to run a project.

Click here to download it

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN BLACK COUNTRY NEAR NEIGHBOURS?

If you are part of a faith or community group and have an idea to help people in your community get to know each other, contact our local coordinator Ruth Burgess.

Ruth Burgess

Black Country Near Neighbours Coordinator

Office: 01922 700 952    

Mobile: 07530 741 923

Email: ruth.burgess@tctogether.org.uk

 

To find out more about our small grants and how to apply follow the link below:

http://www.cuf.org.uk/near-neighbours/grants

 

 

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