Laura Abbott

Laura Abbot

Project Coordinator, RUBIC

Much of the knowledge Laura brings to cohesion is from her experience working with vulnerable young people within the UK and internationally on a variety of youth inspired, and youth-led projects. She has a BA in Modern Foreign Languages, an MA in International Development and is particularly passionate about campaigning and community development that places young people at the heart of decision-making.

Laura is currently coordinating the RUBIC Project (Respect & Understanding; Building Inclusive Communities), a Big Lottery funded partnership project looking at social cohesion in North Sheffield.  What she loves most about RUBIC is its holistic approach to social integration. The project works with new arrivals, refugees and asylum seekers, but also host communities across all age ranges, delivering a wide range of activities to contribute to “cohesion”.

Laura is really keen on campaigning and social action and hopes that, through RUBIC, we can help empower those we engage with to be able to have a voice and a say in all the issues that affect them and to influence the change they would like to see in their local areas. The idea of cohesion can often be superimposed onto a given community and Laura thinks it is so important that we are instead led by those we are working with around what ‘cohesion’ looks like and what this means to them in order to really change things.