The Guardian, 09/08/13

When I attend gatherings hosted by many of my white friends, I am often the only black person in the room. Sometimes, despite being in an ethnically diverse postcode, I am the only black person in the pub. If this is the case where I live, in London, “the melting pot of the world”, what then of society at large?

Daily express, 09/08/13

Most people mix mainly those from their own ethnic background, says the charity Challenge Network.

The study supports previous warnings of US-style ghettos springing up in the UK.

The Telegraph, 08/08/13

Charities warned that people from different backgrounds are increasingly living “parallel lives” rarely forging close friendships outside of their own groups.

It comes after a poll found that people are less likely to have a “best friend” from another different ethnic background than not to have one at all.

Class also remains a major factor in determining whom people socialise with, according to the research commissioned by The Challenge Network, a charity which runs the National Citizen Service.

The Independent, 07/08/13

Just one in 10 Britons has a best friend from a different ethnic background, according to research which reveals that racial segregation is still a major issue in the UK.

The polling for The Challenge Network, which aims to encourage integration through youth and community groups, found that Britons are in fact 8 per cent more likely to have no best friend at all than one of a different ethnicity.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Finding our common ground

Earlier this year, research body Migration Observatory predicted that the UK will become the most ethnically diverse western nation by 2040, overtaking the United States. Whilst the UK is one of the most diverse countries, people tend to live segregated lives, most evident within our schooling system.

Throughout history people have shown intolerance towards one another, which can be explained in evolutionary terms as we tend to congregate with those who are similar to us, as a form of protection.

One young Challenge graduate was recently offered a prestigious work experience placement with Barclays Bank. The opportunity came about due to a collaboration of efforts from The Challenge Network’s graduate programme, The Challenge Society and business partner, Ernst & Young.

This morning I walked over Millennium bridge on my way to work.  On the middle of the bridge, a guy was handing out some flyers with a tennis player on the front.

After grabbing one, I quickly realised it was a Jewish flyer that compared tennis with religion. I found the link quite tenuous at first, but soon realised it was rather genius.

On Monday 1st of July, a team of twenty two young people stepped into the shoes of Leigh Journal’s press team, for the debut of ‘The Leigh Games’. The annual sporting event was organised by Andy Burnham MP and Lesley McGreebey from Wigan and Leigh NHS to promote sport for young people in the area.

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