Online Workshop Call

Are you involved in youth services? Do you work with young people whose first language is not English. or who speak more than one language? If yes, we’d love to hear about your experiences! Find out more below:

You are invited to take part in an online workshop on 7 May (time tbc) regarding the challenges and benefits of providing services and engaging with multilingual communities in the West Midlands. More specifically, we focus on work with young people from culturally diverse neighbourhoods. You will be invited to share your experiences and concerns with other practitioners and researchers. You will take part in a discussion to develop more inclusive service provisions, which would recognise the needs and opportunities practitioners encounter when working with youth in multicultural communities, including those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our research findings at Aston University, led by the CHIEF Project (www.chiefprojecteu.com), indicate a great wealth of spoken languages but also reveal a gap in constructively building on young people’s existing language skills, cultural backgrounds and/or experience of geographic mobility to enhance their inclusion to local communities and educational/cultural institutions. Apart from a constructive tool in promoting inclusion and positively embracing cultural hybridity, languages also emerged as a useful skillset that can be utilised by young people to develop further their social and educational experiences. At the workshop, your valuable experiences will be matched with the research findings of our ‘CHIEF’ research project and academic approaches to effective communication with multilingual communities.

We would be delighted if you could join our online workshop on 7 May 2021 (time and programme of the workshop will be confirmed later).

Please send an email to organisers by 3 May 2021 to register your interest in attending the workshop.

Organisers:

Dr. Ebru Soytemel (e.soytemel@aston.ac.uk)

Dr. Anton Popov (a.popov@aston.ac.uk)

Dr. Eleni Stamou (e.stamou@aston.ac.uk )

Dr. Céline Benoit (c.benoit@aston.ac.uk)

Dr. Emmanuelle Labeau (e.labeau@aston.ac.uk)

About CHIEF and the Knowledge Exchange Project:

CHIEF (Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Future) is an international EU-H2020 funded research project, led by Aston University (UK). It involves academic, civil society and policy-maker partners across nine countries (Croatia, Georgia, Germany, India, Latvia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, UK). The project aims to build an effective dialogue between young people, education practitioners, civil society activists, community leaders and policy makers to facilitate more inclusive notions of cultural heritage and cultural identity.

Alongside CHIEF we have secured Knowledge Exchange funding from Aston University to further develop and support our work with various stakeholders and the local community.

Although more can be done to positively embrace cultural diversity, there are currently limited resources available for doing so. Bringing together different professionals and sharing the most effective practices together while building upon available resources through partnership working, appears to be the only way of improving policy and practices regarding cultural inclusivity which would benefit young people and their local communities. This of course should be underpinned by the recognition of the UK as a multilingual society by policymakers and service providers at all levels. As part of this effort, we are carrying out a series of activities, starting with this workshop, to bring together different actors in the fields of youth work, education, cultural provisions, and other community-oriented services.

This workshop is funded by Aston University Knowledge Exchange funds.

For more information

www.ourlivesourculture.com
www.aston.ac.uk/research/knowledge-exchange