Who We Are & What We Do
Engage Communities is a not for profit organisation registered as a Community Interest Company (registration no. 07382290). We are committed to empowering and developing socially excluded and disadvantaged members of communities. We predominantly use multi-sports, but also dance, music, fashion, and food to engage young people in positive, diversionary and personal development activities. Our number one aim is to develop the resilience and ambition of the young people we work with so they can lead positive and successful lives. Engage Communities provides a specialist Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) service to young people in Stoke, who often face the worst inequalities and discrimination. Our BAME work links with our commitment to developing community cohesion, by using sporting activities to bring young people from all ethnic backgrounds together to share a common set of values and commitment to their community.
Our number one aim is to develop the resilience and ambition of the young people we work with so they can lead positive and successful lives.
Engage Communities Priorities
- To tackle health inequalities
- Build life skills of young people
- Promote safer communities
- Improve social cohesion
Engage works in partnership with voluntary and statutory services, signposting clients and providing employment, education and training support. We also deliver outreach, mentoring, sports activities and emotional, practical and social support. A theoretical Model of Community Engagement underpins all of our work – the principle that communities are at the centre of design, development and delivery of all our projects and services. Our priorities are to tackle health inequalities, promote safer communities and improve social cohesion in the West Midlands area.
Community Interactors Model
We also use the Community Interactors Model which engages specific communities themselves closely in awareness raising, education and information-giving projects by a number of individuals from their own communities interacting with them. Those performing the role of community interactors are drawn from local communities and can demonstrate that they understand the dynamics of their community, enjoy their trust and can access, talk to and engage with many members of their community. The community interactors capacity/capability is built to:
- Provide information, education and raise awareness
- Deliver outreach
- Collect community feedback