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21st April 2019

The Leicester Schools Linking Project

The Leicester Schools Linking Project, based at The St Philip's Centre, forges links between communities and enables young people to meet others from a different community who they may not get to meet during their normal day to day lives.

Through the simple act of working and playing together, stereotypes and prejudices can be challenged. It provides our young people with an opportunity to visit other areas of their city and notice that people who may at first appear different to them are actually far more similar.

The project carefully prepares the young people through school based work and a 'neutral venue' meeting before the young people, staff and parent volunteers spend a day at each other's school working, eating and playing together. The links are embedded further with more visits, letter writing, shared social action projects, emails, video messages etc. The hope is that through these friendships, a sense of a shared Leicester identity will be formed, reflecting the words of Jo Cox ... We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.

This is our first year and we have 18 classes already involved. This is thanks to funding from a national organization called The Linking Network and Leicester City Council. If you're interested in getting involved please contact Ruth Sinhal on school.linking[at]stphilipscentre.co.uk or follow us on Twitter ([at]LinkingSchool).