Our Aims

We Aim To:

  • Build bridges between communities, particularly Muslim and Jewish communities in the UK.
  • Prevent conflict and discrimination between minority and marginalised groups
  • Use media and the arts as a tool for positive social change

In 2006 Salaam Shalom was founded on the premise that, by enabling greater familiarity and understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, fears and myths are dispelled, resulting in a more tolerant, socially cohesive society. We continue to be driven by the belief that encouraging dialogue between different communities is a fundamental building block in this process.

Our aims include building relations between Muslims, Jews, as well as the wider communities that they are a part of in the UK. We also work with children and young people to challenge prejudice and prevent discrimination across communities.

Our current objectives are to;

  • Deliver the Proud2B project (for children 9-11 yrs) (regionally)
  • Deliver the Resistance project (for young people 14-19 yrs) (locally- nationally)
  • Deliver Salaam Shalom Mediation for Jewish-Muslim Dialogue (nationally)
  • Support volunteer led projects that support our aims (locally)

Funding
Salaam Shalom has been funded by The Tudor Trust since 2010. It has also been supported by The Merchant Venturers, The Edith Maud Ellis Charitable Trust, Comic Relief, the Police Commissioner, Bristol City Council Development, Bristol City Council Community Cohesion and local community partnership funding since 2012. Salaam Shalom needs support to continue its work. Please contact us if you would like to make a donation.

Achieving Dialogue:

Our aims include building relations between Muslims, Jews, as well as the wider communities that they are part of. To build relations between these communities, we use topics of shared interest to provoke discussions that reveal shared experiences, ideology, aspirations, values and fears.

Through finding common ground, we hope to foster positive intercommunity relations and by building these relations it is possible to tackle more contentious issues constructively.

Another point to this is challenging stereotypes and misconceptions. It is important that we provide people with an opportunity not only to share their religious and cultural identity, but to also defy pidegeon-holing, by representing themselves as members of wider society and as individuals.

Salaam Shalom began as an online Radio station; now we are engaging more broadly with our communities, through different forms of outreach projects and activities. Photography, creative writing, drama, debate and film are some of the mediums we are using, along with continuing to produce podcasts.

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