Project Summary

Be Tog tackles minority ethnic people’s limited social integration into local communities and how their restricted economic opportunities cause resentment towards them and community friction.  It addresses this in NWE towns and cities with high numbers of this target group (TG) and where involvement in green and blue (g/b) social enterprises (SE’s) will have the greatest impact and deliver maximum social and economic benefits. It develops a social innovation tool others in NWE can apply that empowers indigenous and minority groups to work together. 

The potential of SE’s using g/b assets and amenities as centres of integration excellence to address these challenges and barriers is under realised and few interventions currently target these communities specifically - despite the potential for impacts being much higher. Be Tog tests this principle in areas with high numbers of our TG (which may vary by country/region - but still be from the ‘minority ethnic’ niche).

Urban greenspace, countryside and waterway managers need help to care for their g/b assets. But few from our TG feel ‘ownership’ of such amenities or don’t have the confidence or tools to engage with existing volunteers who are mainly from the indigenous, middle class population.

Be Tog changes this by developing social enterprise models hosting activities based around g/b community assets and focused on economic interventions such as recycling of waste products and plastics, vegetation removal and promoting other active, structured engagement. We would aim to increase participation from current levels by 2022 establishing x more SE’s that these groups can get involved in and to foster closer links with local people, creating measurably improved community cohesion and wellbeing.

We would sustain and roll-out the main methodologies / outputs / pilots / investments in several places after the end of the project embedding them in x other areas by 2030.

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