CSV Make a Difference Day: 24 hours to tackle racism, disability and exclusion

CSV Make a Difference Day: 24 hours to tackle racism, disability and exclusion

One year on from the disturbances in Birmingham a group of teenagers will decide to take action to improve race relations in their neighbourhood.

On 25th October Afro-Caribbean and Asian young people from Handsworth in Birmingham will begin renovating each others community centres. They’ve enlisted the help of staff from Barclays and the CSV Action Desk at BBC WM to help them with the task. In total around 60 volunteers will be involved improving facilities, including IT provision.

The groups have come together as part of CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK’s largest single day of volunteering, which is supported by Barclays Community Investment Programme. Around 115,000 people across the UK are expected to take part, giving time instead of money to improve communities.

CSV Make a Difference Days on Saturday 28th October, with more than 3000 activities taking place two weeks either side. Other activities across the UK include:

* Muslim women fight alienation – prisons across the UK

Young Muslim Women will be helping other young Muslim women in prison by sending gift boxes which include a CD donated by Cat Stevens, a copy of the Qur’an and information on where to get support after their release. Many women prisoners are alienated by their families, who believe they have brought shame to their communities, so they might not have any visitors and little support.

* Disabled bikers get into gear – Birmingham, Saturday 28th October

Volunteers from the Disabled Motorcyclists Association give help and support to people who have had motorbike accidents. The services they provide range from returning library books to working along side medical and social services. They also work with novice disabled riders as a way to boost confidence and self esteem. They will be spreading the word at the NEC in Birmingham for CSV Make a Difference Day.

* Will you pass the test? – city centre, 28th October

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) will be taking to the streets of Liverpool to find out how many UK citizens are able to pass the Home Office’s Citizenship Test. The group hope to question whether citizenship can really be tested and promote better support and understanding of immigrants and refugees.

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