CARE anniversary marks launch of Cities of Migration UK Snapshot

November 30th, 2012

CARE award recipientsSenior figures from the world of football (soccer) joined members of the Greenwich community earlier this month at an event marking the twentieth anniversary of the Charlton Athletic Racial Equality (CARE) Partnership. CARE is the only project of its kind in Europe, led jointly be a local authority and professional football club – and working to foster a climate of respect in which prejudice is not allowed to flourish.

The partnership has been delivering its program since 1992, giving young people, particularly those from disadvantaged communities, the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds. Opportunities range from accredited sports coaching qualifications and film production to women’s football and digital photography.

The event also saw the launch of the Cities of Migration’s UK Snapshot, Good Ideas from Successful Cities. In her foreword to the report, Barrow Cadbury Trust Chief Executive Sara Llewellin explained:

“Regardless of how long they have lived in a city, migrant communities all wish to build a life and make a positive contribution to society, which the projects featured in this UK Snapshot enable them to do. Projects featured in this UK Snapshot demonstrate that migrant communities can contribute to and be part of an active and diverse city life. Cities of Migration reminds us of the best things about living in a city – cultural diversity, tolerance, opportunity and friendship.”

Rob Berkley, Chief Executive of the Runnymede Trust, represented Cities of Migration at the event and commented afterwards:

“Given football’s recent and ongoing struggles with addressing racism in the game, it was a real pleasure to be part of the recognition of the ground-breaking work that CARE Partnership had been undertaking for two decades in South London. What is especially heartening about CARE’s work and approach is that it leads to real change. It is not merely about producing strategy documents, but about real partnership between the football club and the local authority to take action that young people from across the communities that surround Charlton Athletic’s ground recognize and value.”

The success of the event has led CARE to explore the potential of organizing an annual conference focusing on sport, equality and inclusion, in partnership with The FA, KIO, and other key partners. Says Michael Seeraj, CARE Program Manager:

“I feel in the current climate, principally in the context of inequality and sport, and the high profile debate surrounding football, that the CARE model shows very clearly what can be done, and the positive role that football can take in tacking discrimination and promoting social inclusion, particularly with disadvantaged communities. The CARE model provides an excellent template that can transferred and translated across a wide range of different contexts”.

Source: Barrow Cadbury Trust and CARE Partnership

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