Reflecting on Bradford Breaking Boundaries programme 2020 with Activator Talish Butt

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).

A look back at Bradford Breaking Boundaries programme 2020 with our Bradford Activator Talish Butt.

  1. What are the main aspects of the project Breaking Boundaries that resonate with you the most?

    My greatest motivation in working on the Breaking Boundaries programme is having the opportunity to work with young people and develop their skills and knowledge in order that they can have a voice and create a positive change in their communities.


  1. How has your experience of being an Activator for Breaking Boundaries been for this year and how has it varied from previous years?

    The biggest difference this year has been the emergence of the Pandemic and how this has impacted on how we deliver our work. i.e., Partnership working, delivering community cohesion sessions and access to young people (champions) has been done on line, which has meant we have had to think 'out of the box' and be more creative.


  1. What key challenges did you find in your role for Breaking Boundaries this year?
    As a Youth Worker, my core work is to motivate young people to be positive role models, improve their life skills and bring about a positive change in their communities. Because access to face-to-face work with the champions was limited, I found it a challenge to forge meaningful relationships with any of the champions resulting in a lack of trust and feeling of frustrations.


  1. What were your best highlights and successes in your role for Breaking Boundaries this year?

    It was a pleasure to work alongside BB community project leads – it gave me an appreciation of the some of their challenges and coping strategies in order for them to be able to survive as a project.


  1. What difference do you feel you made as a Breaking Boundaries Activator this year?

    BB laid the foundation and the platform for community organisations and their champions to develop their skills and have a voice for their community.


  1. What do you think is key to bringing communities together and how has this had to be adapted this year in light of Covid-19?

    I feel that we need to listen carefully the concerns of our partners and work more closely with them to develop an equal relationship in order to meet the challenges that have delayed the progress of BB this year. i.e., Pandemic and community projects not able to spend their Activation grants this year


  1. Are there any key stories or moments you can recall that occurred during this year for Breaking Boundaries that reinforced that project's core values?

    When meeting young people with passion and the energy always gives me the feeling of hope and BB was no different. An example of this was when I met a champion during the pandemic – I met with him in a Community centre where he was cooking Burgers and helping to pack food parcels to distribute to the vulnerable in his area.  When I asked him why he was doing this he replied ' I get a buzz out of heling others'


  1. How do you feel you supported communities this year through your role as an Activator for Breaking Boundaries?

    I supported the communities in my Ward by being accessible and providing appropriate information and also gave them information about any funding opportunities.


  1. What key stories did you uncover this year as part of your role for Breaking Boundaries?

    I was encouraged by how BB projects improvised, under unprecedented time's, to meet the needs of their communities' giving out food parcels to the vulnerable 


  1. If you could summarize your experience on Breaking Boundaries this year in three words what would they be?

    Patience, partnerships, perseverance