Our Roots in the Community is a two-year project providing social, recreational, educational, cultural and volunteering opportunities for children and young people from migrant communities living in the City of Wakefield.

Grid image of two young project participants

The group runs weekly activity sessions which are based around football and, once a month, the young people take part in a series of training workshops designed to build skills and self-confidence, and support the growth and development of them as individuals, as a group, and as leaders of the organisation.

As part of the project, the members plan and host events which gives them opportunities to celebrate and share their cultural heritage with the wider community and to build connections locally. In addition, the young people are supported to become involved in consultation activities with the local authority and the wider voluntary sector.

The project is supported by Our Roots Inner City Lives, who are also using investment from People’s Health Trust to provide the guidance and training necessary for young people to develop as role models and peer mentors which, in turn, will help to contribute to the development of the organisation.

The young people are at the heart of this project and this is incredibly important as they are the future of the organisation.

Kebba Ansumana Manneh


Funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised through Health Lottery Yorkshire and Humber