Back to Roots

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Back to our Roots is a youth-led initiative,  creating an all-year programme of history and cultural events and activities relevant to local young people. The project is led by a steering group of young people of African and Carribean heritage and it aims to engage the wider community and improve cultural understanding.

In 2016 through consultation activities we identified the need for Back to our Roots. Only 5% of the young black people we spoke with had attended any Black History Month event in Kirklees. Young people felt that the events and activities locally were out-of-touch and did not meet their needs. Back to our Roots is a step-change in addressing this and gives young people the skills and knowledge to play a crucial role in its development.