Community Harmony Project One Year On
An initiative that helps migrants to settle into Wakefield and become part of the local community has supported more than 1,000 people in its first year.
Wakefield Council was awarded £393,834 to deliver its two year Community Harmony Project funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) through the Controlling Migration Fund.
The scheme promotes inclusion for all, by giving people new to the district opportunities to meet other residents, join groups, volunteer in their community, take part in projects and develop skills in English.
A key part of the project is partnership working with existing community groups to forge links between people to help develop strong community bonds.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "It is important that everyone who comes to live in our district is welcomed and included in their local communities and for this reason we actively look at ways to build understanding and empathy between people from different backgrounds and cultures.
"I'm so pleased that so much has been achieved already by positively engaging with people, encouraging everyone to contribute with opportunities to become involved in their communities. I look forward to the seeing these initiatives continuing to thrive and succeed."
The environmental volunteer programme, which encourages everyone to take pride in their communities has so far delivered six community events and instigated eight litter picks and clean ups in the College Grove and Primrose Hill areas of Wakefield.
More than 50 young people from 12 different nationalities have joined a Youth Club at Lightwaves and more than 70 young people have received support at schools to help develop their learning skills.
Housing staff from the Council are also working with tenants and private landlords to improve conditions in the private rental sector, by promoting a responsible landlord scheme and giving tenants information about roles and responsibilities whilst renting.
In addition, more than 50 people have taken part in English language courses in the classroom and have been practising their skills in the community, over the last 12 months.