The damaging impact on social cohesion in communities and young people’s alienation from their community through their violent, anti- social behaviour in gang related activities was evident not just in this inner city part of Birmingham, but had resonance much further afield.
The general consensus through the consultations alluded to both a lack of knowledge and understanding about young people’s involvement in such activities and professionals’ reluctance to engage with, plus ineffectiveness in engaging with, such young people. Thus, the idea of a project which could provide such underpinning knowledge and understanding took shape. Like minded partners in Birmingham and in four other EU countries were found, and with Titan Partnership, an education charity based at St George’s Community Hub, at the helm, the EUGANGS project was approved by the European Commission’s Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme.
Read more on our article about the research developed inside the project: