Colchester United Football In The Community, (CUFITC), are continuing their hard work to combat racism and discrimination through funded 'Unite Our Communities' workshops throughout Tending.
The U's charitable arm, CUFITC, have delivered these workshops to over 1200 young people already in this funding year and hope to increase this number in the coming academic year ahead.
The aim of this project is to engage both primary and secondary school pupils, particularly those who may be deemed more vulnerable in transitional year groups, into discussions and workshop activities that cover topics such as Extremism, Radicalisation, Hate Crime and Prejudice.
By addressing these issues with young people in a positive environment, CUFITC give the opportunity for freedom of speech and exploration of ideas in a constructive and supportive environment.
The aim is to also teach and reduce any unconscious biases and stigmas they may already have regarding the explored topics.
Olivia Solanke, the lead of the Community Safety projects says: "These workshops really do create a safe space for the participants to engage with the content and ask all those thoughts and ‘silly’ questions that they were perhaps too afraid to bring forward to their teachers."
The project is currently being delivered in both primary and secondary schools as well as in community settings through our other in house programmes such as Premier League Kicks, these sessions take place across Tendring and are aimed at engaging those who may have barriers to other provision based on cost, facilities or area of deprivation.
If you would like to make a booking or know more about other funded Community Safety Projects, please contact Olivia.Solanke@colchesterunited.net for more information.