Integrate Bristol is a charity formed to help with the integration of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures.
As well as supporting young people with their learning, we run projects that help them develop their skills so that they can participate in society and feel a part of the community they have joined. These projects are language based – they may involve film making, drama, other forms of media or indeed, any creative activities that encourage the sharing of culture and learning of new skills. We aim to give young people a voice, a platform for expressing their views and ideas.
Community cohesion is also very important to us – as is the well being, both economic and social, of all the members of the relevant communities. To this end, we encourage cross cultural activities involving all members of the community, regardless of age and background.
We also campaign against all forms of Violence and Abuse Against Women and Girls, (VAAWG), and promote gender equality; we aim to raise awareness and education around these issues through our creative projects.
The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is a horrifying reality in this country. Although strictly illegal, the practice still continues and laws set in place to protect children do not adequately ensure the protection of girls from practising cultures. Girls are not only being taken abroad and subjected to the physically and psychologically traumatising effects of this mutilation, but here, in England, ‘cutters’ are performing FGM within our communities. Much of our work involves supporting those in the community who are bravely trying to eradicate this humiliating and harmful practice, through various educational and creative projects. We also push for changes to the current policies surrounding FGM in the UK.
Welcome to our blog – it’s where we want to share the stories of the amazing work being done by our young people!
Integrate Bristol is a registered charity, reg no 1130222.