YOUNGSTERS from diverse backgrounds celebrated the climax of a community building project.
Members of Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges screened a DVD about their cultures and issues in front of families, councillors, community figures and youth workers at Dewsbury West Community Centre, Ravensthorpe.
The project, which began in March, allowed six communities from Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury, to teach each other about their cultures to break down their fears and prejudices.
Members bonded over outdoor activities in two weekends at Bewerley Park, near Pateley Bridge.
The youngsters were also able to present their findings to key figures including politicians, councillors and community leaders.
Kirklees Mayor Karam Hussain and Cabinet member for young people’s services, Jim Dodds, presented participants with DVDs and certificates.
Project head, Darren Coyne, said: “It’s about understanding and respecting each other’s values. People may come from different pockets of a region but they’re all part of one community and they’ve recognised that. They all have similar issues.
“The DVD was received fantastically and we’re looking at maintaining links with the communities and dealing with the issues which have come to the fore.”
The project runs as part of Kirklees Equality and Human Rights Agency.
Breaking Barriers is currently offering weekly sports sessions for youngsters at London Park Estate, Mirfield, on a Monday. Call 01484 540225.