Educate and Integrate: Boston More in Common Group
By Ross Tarry
The Boston Youth Council (BYC) have been working on their project, 'Educate and Integrate' this year, and have produced several articles. Through this we aim to not only promote integration in the community but to also inform and educate the citizens of Boston about the unseen societies and their different but magnificent traditions. After researching the array of people who live in Boston, The Boston Youth Council decided to get in contact with the Boston More in Common Group (BMiC). The BMiC was set up this year and aims to bring Boston together as a town.
1. What led you to set up the Boston More in Common Group, do you feel that at this point in time, people from different backgrounds don't already get on well together?
In June 2016 I was asked to do an interview with Radio 4 Two Rooms myself and three other local Bostonians represented Brexit voters, they chose Boston as it was the highest vote in the country. Brixton were the highest Remainers that represented the other group for the programme. We all met after the interview and shared each other's experiences. I thought this would be a problem as both groups have strong reasons for voting. I was very wrong; we got on really well together and used the meeting to be constructive. We talked of a Brixton Boston exchange this has just taken place.
I felt the need to try and unite the people of Boston. Frustrated with the lack of cohesion in the town with the European community. Talks with Jo Hiley from Hope Not Hate inspired me to start the Boston More In Common group. I have spent many years on the side lines waiting for this to happen, so I decided to get up and act myself.
2. What are the main aims and aspirations of the group?
Our main aims are to bring together Boston's people and as many groups as possible.
To increase communication between Eastern Europeans and traditional Bostonians; helping them to work together, build friendships, and try and understand each other better through communication and mutual interests.
3. How do you feel that the Boston More in Common Group can help to promote cohesion and integration in Boston?
Integration and cohesion starts at grass roots, little by little gaining trust. Small groups exchanging interests and common ideas, beginning to understand each other's culture likes and dislikes and joining likeminded people in discussion. Creating multiracial groups and events. Empowering all unite Boston to regain a good feeling, and be proud of their home town and adopted town.