December saw the launch of the Alan Senitt Upstanders Leadership Programme. 80 students across 8 schools took part in their first yearly seminars, and were educated about the importance of anti-discrimination work; they learnt to create their own social action projects around a topic that is important to them. The students visited the Gurdwara at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, and learnt about Chanukah at King Solomon High School. This is the first of four seminars as part of this cross-communal and interfaith programme.
Left to right: Alan Senitt at Guru Nanak, Alan Senitt at King Solomon
Jodie, Assistant Manager at Stand Up! was invited to be on the judging panel for a ‘Shared Endeavour Fund’ project facilitated by Chelsea FC. She judged presentations of anti-racism projects from students across 4 schools, and gave them guidance on how to take their ideas forward.
On 13th December, Jodie visited Buckingham Palace, along with other faith leaders and educators in the interfaith space. Read more about this incredible event on our Community blog page here.
Stand Up! in the press:
Daily Mail Article - Click Here.
Standard Article - Click Here.
In December, Stand Up! engaged 1,560 students, through 20 sessions in 9 schools.
For more information about the work of Stand Up! and to book a session please click here.
Throughout the month of December, Streetwise have continued to deliver its “Personal Safety Response” in schools and community settings. Eight schools and community settings – including in the North of England – took part in personal safety and Krav Maga Sessions, with a reach of 679 young people.
Streetwise facilitators took part in Sexual Health training in preparation for the delivery of our RSE sessions in the New Year in both Primary and Secondary schools. As well, the Online Safety Campaign will resume in February, with sessions offered to schools and community groups.
In December, Streetwise engaged 1,159 young people, in 10 schools and community settings.
For more information about the work of Streetwise click here.
This December, the ‘Tackling Antisemitism in Sport’ project delivered a broad range of training sessions across the country, and took part in Chanukah celebrations with Football Club’s supporters groups.
The project is also coordinating the response to a number of antisemitic incidents that have taken place in grassroots football, offering proactive training to clubs and supporting staff and officials in learning to identify and combat anti-Jewish hate.
It was a month full of joyous celebrations, with our project manager being invited to three different Chanukah lightings; firstly, by Watford Jewish Supporters’ Club, followed by Chelsea and then the FA, the latter hosted at Wembley Stadium, featuring a candle-lighting ceremony from the Chief Rabbi, and Maccabi GB’s Catherine Charles speaking on a panel of experts on Jewish football.
We delivered back-to-back sessions to AFC Bournemouth’s staff team, which included ED&I leads, safety and safeguarding officers and player development staff; and secondly to the U18 squad who were highly receptive to our workshop and engaged in a very positive manner.
“I’ve already had some really positive feedback from staff and academy players. The sessions were really informative and offered a great chance for people to engage.” - Hannah Powis, Head of EDI at AFC Bournemouth
The second workshop delivered was to the full staff team of the Manchester FA, where some of the participants were familiar with the work of MGB through our affiliate, Maccabi Manchester, but were thoroughly engaged in the session and are keen to work more with us to ensure that Jewish footballers in the Manchester region are seen and heard.
“It was an excellent session and very informative. I learnt a lot and developed greater awareness, as I am sure everyone attending did. Thanks Ben.” - Dr Anne Thompson, Manchester FA Inclusion & Advisory Board member
The final workshop delivered was hosted by Brentford Football Club, where participants included representatives from a range of clubs and FAs in the surrounding areas, including Watford FC, Fulham FC, Leicester City FC and Kent FA.
“It was an excellent and informative session and definitely think it was of value to all attendees.” - Rhiannon Maher, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Brentford FC
We have one additional workshop scheduled for Sunday 24th December which is to be delivered at Limmud festival, Birmingham.
For more information about the ‘Tackling Antisemitism in Sport’ project, please click here.