RUBIC Project (Respect, Understanding, Building Inclusive Communities)
RUBIC is one of the case studies used as an example of successful local integration initiatives referred to in the British Academy’s recent publication ‘If You Could Do One Thing...?’ This project is funded by the Big Lottery for three years and is focused around Parkwood Academy in the north of Sheffield. It is a partnership between Chilypep, City of Sanctuary Sheffield, MESH (Mediation Sheffield) and the Who Is Your Neighbour? Project.
RUBIC is a whole systems approach working with a school and its feeder communities. It aims to make connections between newly arrived migrants and more established residents in their own neighbourhoods. It helps young refugees, new arrivals and school students to live harmoniously together, with greater understanding and respect for each other and the communities in which they live. It helps new arrivals settle in and support one other, and it encourages local people to discuss their concerns in an open, safe and inclusive environment. By engaging with people who have been in Sheffield all their lives as well as more recent arrivals, the project aims to increase understanding and create more resilient communities.
RUBIC includes an independent quantitative and qualitative evaluation which will provide extensive evidence of learning and impact.