'Shared Vision - Your Decision' - Islamophobia Edinburgh project

Police in Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council are inviting people to vote for projects designed to create a city free from Islamophobia.

Shared vision, your decision imageWhat is Shared Vision - Your Decision?

What could people apply for?

Participatory Budgeting in Edinburgh

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What is Shared Vision - Your Decision?

'Shared Vision - Your Decision' is an Edinburgh based initiative which enables local people to decide how public money is spent in eradicating Islamophobia and associated prejudice behaviour. 

We understand that Islamophobic behaviour also effects other faith communities and have included projects which also work with these communities.

This type of funding allocation is known as FParticipatory Budgeting. 

Police Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and The Scottish Government have made a total of £40,000 available as part of their ongoing commitment to addressing Islamophobia across Edinburgh.

The deadline for applications closed on 12th December 2016.

Between 10 November and 12 December individuals and groups submitted applications to receive up to £5,000 worth of funding.

Find out more about 'Shared Vision - Your Decision' by reading their information booklet which goes into further detail about the project.

What could people apply for?

  • All bids had to evidence how the money would be spent eradicating Islamophobia or associated prejudice behaviour in Edinburgh. The projects should aim to foster good relations and/or reduce prejudice. Examples could include:
  • Putting on an event or a series of events/classes to bring communities together (multi-faith sewing classes/cooking classes/sport activities etc)
  • Increasing understanding and awareness to address commonly held perceptions and misconceptions of Islam
  • Raising awareness of religiously aggravated hate crime
  • Working with hate crime offenders
  • New and innovative projects and ideas are welcomed. If you are unsure if your proposal meets the criteria please contact us.

Participatory budgeting in Edinburgh

For more information on Participatory Budgeting in Edinburgh watch the below video by Edinburgh Council.

For more information

For more information email edinburghpreventandintervent@scotland.pnn.police.uk or call 0131 221 2017.

UPDATE 9TH MARCH 2017

Edinburgh continues its fight to eradicate Islamophobia

Police in Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council are continuing to work with the community to create a city free from Islamophobia and associated prejudice behaviour.

A total fund of £40,000 has been contributed to by Police Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government.

Its purpose of the Shared Vision - Your Decision initiative is to help local people deliver innovative projects which reduce prejudice and foster positive relationships between diverse communities.

Between 10 November and 12 December 2016, applications were submitted for projects to receive up to £5,000 from the total fund.

Residents were then asked to decide which of 34 projects, who collectively applied for over £120,000, were given funding.

A vote was launched on 28 January, running until 13 February, at an event in the city which brought together the projects and the public.

Over 2500 people collectively voted at the event, online and at local libraries with thirteen projects now being given funding.

Sergeant Scott Kennedy of Edinburgh's Prevention's Interventions & Partnerships (PIP) Team said: "It's been really encouraging to see so many people eager to be involved and the support received from the public throughout this process.

"We'll continue to work together with all the projects to tackle prejudice and ensure that Edinburgh remains a welcoming and diverse city.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved and wish all the projects the best of luck!"

Councillor Maureen Child, Convener of the Communities and Neighbourhood Committee, said: "Participatory budgeting exercises like this continue to be exceedingly popular, allowing local people to make real decisions about priority activities in their local area.

'Shared Vision - Your Decision is a great example of the positive work being carried out across the city with partners to promote equality and tackle Islamophobia."

Below is a list of the successful bids:

Amina, The Muslim Women's Resource Centre - Based on the human library concept that breaks down prejudice through social interaction of people over a cup of tea.

Amina, The Muslim Women's Resource Centre - Muslim women deliver interactive workshops aimed at building more integrated, socially cohesive communities, by safely challenging negative stereotypes & prejudices.

Edinburgh Lone Fathers Project / Edinburgh Central Mosque 'Dads & Kids Day - A day of fun, conversation and learning at the Edinburgh Central Mosque.

Edinburgh Women's Interfaith Group -  EWIG would like to build bridges of friendship bringing the local community together celebrating all cultural, traditions and spiritual heritage.

Edinburgh Interfaith Association -  Raising awareness of Islam's peaceful message, inviting non-Muslims to 'Unite4Ramadan', joining a Ramadan fast & sharing an evening meal at mosque.

Just Enough Scotland - Delivering fun, educational workshops on radicalisation and terrorism in 10 Edinburgh schools. Trying to prevent further rise in hate crime.

Kids In The Street, One Team, Many Cultures, One Goal - Raises awareness of the true meaning of faith through football, fun, food & learning

Leith Festival Association - Celebrating our Asian community highlighting and showcasing the varied communities, customs in the area through music, dance, art and food.

LifeCare (Edinburgh) Limited - Breaking down boundaries and eroding prejudice across cultures, communities and generations through friendships for isolated over 60s in Edinburgh.

Protest in Harmony - Singing and song writing workshops at Edinburgh College to explore our similarities and differences, raising awareness of issues around Islamophobia.

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees - An interfaith series of monthly gatherings and events to increase intercultural understanding and build bridges between locals, refugees and migrants.

Sikh Sanjog YGirls - A safe space for girls and young women to meet, share experiences, critically reflect and build self-esteem and resilience.

The Welcoming Association - Learn about the experiences of refugee families in Edinburgh through community screenings and discussion of our short film 'Syrian Voices'. 

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