Ubuntu Round Tables Project

"I want to give both young people and representatives from State institutions the opportunity to be heard without feeling as if they are being backed into a corner"

Mark, Youth Futures Young Leader

This project is currently taking place. If you would like to get involved please sign up here and a project leader will get in touch.

The project was officially launched on Saturday 18th of March at a special event. Our Project manager Joseph Duncan from Youth Futures said:

"The event was very positive and the speakers gave a strong insight into the context that we are operating in as well as identify the challenges that we are facing. We all have high expectations for this project and we are all working hard on achieving these.

Ubuntu was most definitely present!!

We had a incredible cross section of stakeholders in the project attend, including several young people, youth workers, a Crown Court Judge, an MP (Stephen Timms from Newham), a prison worker and of course our fantastic speakers.

Everyone was in agreement that the project represented the best if not the only route forward for responding to the current tension and conflict between young people and the police and that it should be celebrated and supported.

The young people who were in attendance all engaged well and displayed some fantastic confidence during the day and each expressed great interest and commitment in joining us on the training and promoting the project through their networks. Several YF leaders compered the event and introduced the various speakers."

The Ubuntu Police-Youth Project is based on the Tutu Foundation UK's successful Conversations for Change programme and Youth Future's successful Youth Futures Round Table discussion programme with the Police in Camberwell. The Ubuntu Police-Youth project’s objectives are twofold:

  • to provide the members of the police force working on the ground and the young people in those communities with the skills and confidence to listen to each other and express themselves to each other.
  • Enable the police and young people to build trust and so that they can work with each other and talk to each other to build safer communities.

Both of these objective include elements of education and training so people learn about each other and start to gain the skills they need to interact constructively with other people in their community, including the police and young people.

Relations between young people and the police have historically been tense and rife with mistrust. Negative portrayals of both sides have left communities unsupportive of and resistant to police interactions. There is a political desire and a pragmatic need to improve the relationship so that policing can be more effective and efficient for everyone. This project helps do that.

The Ubuntu Police-Youth Project will develop in four stages that train and educate the participants so that they can establish self-perpetuating local forums for discussion and engagement between police and the local youth community. Each project will include an independent continuous evaluation programme.

A pilot project took place in Southwark in 2016. That project enabled us to find funding to develop projects in 10 more London boroughs that will take place during 2017. The first three boroughs will be

  • Haringey
  • Islington
  • Tower Hamlets

during April.

“The training was very in depth and helped me understand a lot about life and dealing with crowds and small groups in regards to getting my point across. When I gave my facilitation at the end of the training, and got very good feedback, this uplifted my spirit to a fulfilment of confidence and a hunger to spread what I have learnt to my peers. Since the last event, the Tutu Foundation has given me more principles to move forward with through life, and I will continue to work with the Foundation as long as I can.”

Karl, Gang member and stabbing victim who took part in the Tutu foundation UK Conversations for Change project in Croydon.