INCUBATING OUR NEW BABY – The Preparation Process

Migrafrica, Ubele, Stitchin Interlock and Providers of Social Response to Development (PRSD) are delighted to announce the incubation of another beautiful baby BTTF 11. A much needed sibling to our community baby- BTTF 1

This new offspring will be delivered in March 2021 after a 24 month gestation period, and for those involved in BTTF 1 it feels like we are gluttons for punishment. The first one had an 18 months gestation, which seemed like an eternity, so how we ended up committing to a further 24 months is anyone’s guess. But having that extra time does mean with careful planning we will be able to avoid the frantic last minute rush to complete the Erasmus reporting requirements. Plus, because this time around we are not only going to be exploring youth work practice in Portugal, Germany, Netherlands and England, the time will come in handy as we take on the ambitious task of building a network of Global Diaspora Youth Work connections to share knowledge, expertise and undertake research from the perspective of the diaspora.

The incubation process was kicked off by a working weekend of the project partners at the Wolves Lane Horticulture Centre in Woodgreen, London. If you have not yet had the privilege to visit, I urge you look it up online and attend the next open day. I promise that you will be pleasantly surprised by this wonderful little-known oasis of flora, fish and food crops that sits in North London.

In the tradition of Sankofa which in Twi (Ghana) translates to “Go Back and Get It” the first thing on the agenda was to do some introspection on BTTF 1. It was very helpful to revisit the vision and mission of the partner organisations and to catch up on what everyone has been doing since we last met in September. We revelled in the successes of what worked well, reviewed the challenges, recalled some of the stories and the moments that held us all in awe and wonderment, and exchanged thoughts on the realities of undertaking this new BTTF 11 project. Time was spent exploring a number of key areas of concern amongst diaspora young people, sharing organisational and personal strengths, and focussed on collaborative ways of working. Equally important, we socialised as a team with a delicious meal at a local restaurant and even introduced some of the partners to the delights of Nando’s.

As it turns out the most time consuming task over the weekend was trying to set the dates of the next 5 transnational sessions. That is because we are a team from 4 different countries with diverse working patterns, but we also had to take into account issues such as avoiding peak travel periods, potential child care arrangements, exams timetables, other project timelines, bank holidays, and the opening and closing dates of places, spaces and activities we consider engaging with. Thankfully, we got there in the end and will be heading to Munich in October 2019; Rotterdam January 2020; Lisbon May 2020, Manchester September 2020 and back to Lisbon for the project evaluation meeting in February 2021.

Look out for further announcements as the project progresses and don’t forget to find out more about the Wolves Lane Horticulture Centre.

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