Breaking Boundaries Slough with Alex Potop of Chalvey 360
Breaking Boundaries is a three-year programme (2018 –2021) funded by Spirit of 2012, supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and The Institute of Community Cohesion (Icoco).
We sat down with Alex Potop from our Slough based Community Partner organisation - Chalvey 360 to talk all things Breaking Boundaries and Community Cohesion!
- How did you get involved in Breaking Boundaries and what attracted you?
I got involved through community organisation Chalvey 360 and what attracted me towards Breaking Boundaries was the opportunity for young people to positively become involved in sports activities. The more I found out about the project the more I realised the positive impact Breaking Boundaries provided towards community cohesion in Slough.
- How do you support the project, what is your role?
I liaise between key partners and our designated City Coordinator. I empower and encourage the young people who are members of our organisation to see the impact of this project. I encourage them to look towards their future and to get in contact with people from other communities.
- What would you say has been the most valuable impact you have seen as a result of Breaking Boundaries?
The level of confidence has grown within the young people, they were previously reluctant to engage with others but didn't have faith in themselves or self-esteem, but I have seen this change over time through Breaking Boundaries.
- What do you feel your community needs more of to help people from different backgrounds mix together and create a sense of belonging?
Opportunities to do things and have a say, more facilities are crucial to give them a home to base activities off. Patience is needed from projects; they will not change behaviours over a short term.
- How does Breaking Boundaries play a role in that?
Carefully constructed session led by Jit, engaging staff who have experience in dealing with young people and driving change but have not had experience in creating spaces for social mixing to build on community cohesion.
- What has been your most inspirational moment for a young person in Breaking Boundaries?
Seeing videos and posts which highlight their involvement in the project, its great for the young people to see that they are part of something and having a positive impact.
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