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FRED is a youth-led campaign managed by young marginalised people, promoting and implementing the values of Fairness, Respect, Equality and Dignity. Through these values, FRED will fight "disadvantaged thinking", a phenomenon by which people are seen as risks to be managed and consumers of public services. The primary aim of the campaign is, therefore, to make disadvantaged youth living in Southwark understand that differences a strength rather than a weakness, helping them to realize their full potential. To achieve this goal, the FRED campaign will deliver over 200 high-quality volunteering opportunities comprising of social action, blogging, social media and organizing events such as an annual award ceremony. The FRED's 2020 award will raise awareness on London history and use it as a hint to reflect on issues of discrimination which deeply affect Southwark borough today. To this aim, an online competition on the theme “the Mayflower as a symbol of migrants' integration".
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Founded upon the restorative justice principle of power-sharing, FRED’s ultimate and long-term objective is, indeed, to create a society where children and young people are treated as partners in the formation of policies, legislation and practices that affect them, while society takes better responsibilities for their future. The campaign wants to be an instrument through which more than 100 marginalised young people can express their ideas and have their voices heard. Youths will, actually, not only participate in projects which aim at addressing their needs, but they will also being primarily involved in projects’ implementation and management. This way, the FRED campaign will be a mean through which the potential of youths’ contribution to society will be expressed and changed towards a more inclusive decision-making process started.
Steps to get it done:
The FRED campaign is a youth-led initiative that is independent and hosted by the non-profit NGO Restorative Justice for All International Institute. The Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute was set up in 2010 with a mission to advance community and social cohesion, and redistribute power within society at the local, national and international levels. We do this by using the power of education as well as the practices (mediation, conferencing, circles, dialogue, workshops) and values of restorative justice including power sharing, fairness, equality, dignity and respect.
About the space
Southwark ranks amongst the five London boroughs with the highest inequalities in male and female life expectancy. On top of that, Southwark has one of the most diverse and culturally rich communities in the country. Nearly a third of the population of Southwark is from an ethnic minority. This is why we think the FRED campaign targets this area.
London Borough of Southwark