Shining a Light on Community Responses to COVID-19

The 2021 Community Integration Awards wants to recognise the inspirational ways in which migrant, refugee and more ‘settled’ communities are coming together to support each other during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Across the UK, ordinary communities are coming together to advance integration, often with little or no resources. New links are being forged to help address isolation, inequality and ongoing need as people struggle to cope amidst the loss of loved ones, the absence of family and friends and the worst economic downturn in decades.

This amazing work isn’t simply a ‘bright spot’ in uncertain times; it is building resilience in communities that will face ongoing crisis as the fallout from the pandemic continues.

We want to recognise these incredible efforts but also join an important national conversation about how we can value, support and sustain such efforts given the challenges ahead.

Whatever our ‘new normal’ looks like, this issue needs to be at the heart of it.

Work bringing together different parts of the community, including refugees and migrants, to address loneliness, isolation and exclusion.

Projects or initiatives supporting safety and wellbeing for people in the community in an inclusive way.

Improving equality of opportunity or provide better access to justice or rights-based support or advocacy.

How can you get involved?

Do you know a project or initiative in your area which has strengthened the community in its response to Covid-19? Has it brought different parts of the community together, including migrants and refugees, to meet local needs? Does it cut to the very essence of what you believe ‘community’ should be?

If so, they could win £1,000, the chance to make a short promotional film about their work and a bespoke package of support to take their work to new heights.

If you are interested in sponsoring a category OR if you would like to come on board as a partner, we would love to discuss working with you.

Previous winners

“Brighton Table Tennis Club was utterly delighted to be awarded […] the Community
Integration Award for 2016. It enabled the work of the club to be highlighted to a huge number of completely new audiences, not just from within the traditional Table Tennis and sporting channels.

Since the award we have been approached and made partnerships with
over ten Refugee charities and had national press coverage in the Guardian newspaper, who prior to the award had not heard about the work we are doing.

Sport England have asked us to deliver a hugely expanded program
of engaging refugees and asylum seekers through Table Tennis and the strong community that has been built over 10 years at BTTC.”

Tim Holtam
Director, Brighton Table Tennis Club
2016 Champions

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