Chilypep’s RUBIC group came together in an evening of celebration of the achievements of those who have taken part in the project so far since it began in April 2017.
The project is a four-way partnership between Chilypep, MESH Mediation Sheffield, City of Sanctuary Sheffield and Who Is Your Neighbour.
The Rubic project takes a holistic approach to improving integration and easing tensions surrounding community cohesion in Sheffield using safe space community dialogues, awareness raising sessions, support groups and the Community Leaders programme.
The celebration event was an opportunity for people who have taken part in different aspects of the project to come together to meet one another, share their RUBIC experiences and learning and receive certificates for their achievements.
The evening was attended by over 40 people including participants from every aspect of the RUBIC project.
This included young people who had completed the Young Community Leader’s course for 2017/2018, adults who had completed the Community Mediator’s course for 2017/2018, a representative from the first school in the RUBIC area that had achieved ‘School of Sanctuary’ status through their work with City of Sanctuary and young people who had taken prat in Chilypep residential.
Young people who have been attending the ‘Happy Group’ which supports young asylum seekers and refugees throughout the year were also there representing the work the group has been doing.
The evening showcased a presentation written and performed by some of the RUBIC participants which, in their own words, gave a flavour of how their involvement with the project has impacted their lives.
There was also a presentation of ASDAN and achievement certificates by The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid. His commitment to supporting both the refugee and asylum seeking community as well as young people made his presence at the event all the more meaningful and everyone there were delighted that he was able to offer his support.
The event was supported both by Shirecliffe Community Centre who provided refreshments and all the attendees were able to enjoy catering provided by Open Kitchen Social Club, a Sheffield based project which provides food and support for asylum seekers in the City and helps to sustain the project by catering for outside events.
Bethani, a Young Community Leader said ‘My favourite thing about the RUBIC project was meeting new people of a similar age. Also another thing was the people leading us were amazing. One of my most memorable sessions was when we had to work together to make a plant but instead we debated about politics!’
Tina, a Community Mediator in attendance ‘I enjoyed meeting new people, learning new skills and incorporating them into my previous experience. It has helped with my volunteer post (TARA) and I can now help with community cohesion.’
The RUBIC Project will run until 2020. For more information please head to https://www.chilypep.org.uk/rubic