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.
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, it could be in line for a Community Integration Award.
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.
“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.”
Director, Brighton Table Tennis Club