Rainford students campaign for multi-cultural interaction to be screened on Granada Reports

St Helens Star: Fixers Annie Jones (left) and Hannah Tabernacle Fixers Annie Jones (left) and Hannah Tabernacle

YOUNG villagers are highlighting the lack of multi-cultural interaction in their rural location.

Nine teenagers from Rainford are concerned that they rarely have contact with people of other races and cultures in their predominantly white rural location.

The group from Rainford High Technology College joined up with national charity Fixers which supports 16-25 year olds in their quest to address issues they care about and tonight their campaign will feature on television programme ITV Granada Reports from 6pm.

The campaigners say they are eager to learn to respect, tolerate, appreciate and enjoy other cultures and to encourage their contemporaries to do the same they decided to make a short film to get their message across.

“Rainford is very rural and sheltered so there aren’t many different cultures, and about 99 per cent of students at our school are white British,” said 16 year-old ‘Fixer’ Annie Jones.

“I think that at a younger age we should be encouraged to embrace and mix with different cultures so that we are never in a position where we might become ignorant.”

As part of their project, Fixers arranged for the girls to travel to an inner-city school in Liverpool to meet pupils there.

Hannah Tabernacle, aged 17, explained: “I really hope that we can change things with our Fixers campaign and try to make a people a little bit more open-minded.”

Staff at Rainford High Technology College are supporting the project and Principal Ian Young said: “This project is so important because issues of prejudice and racism come out of ignorance and a lack of understanding.

“We want tomorrow’s communities to be stronger than today’s and this I think is a very important way of moving that forward.”

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1:25pm Wed 8 Jan 14

EpicConcern says...

They really should count themselves lucky, if they want to mix with other cultures, get on a plane.
Understand I'm not talking about race here but culture, anyone living in England should adopt British culture. If they don't like that then pack up back to where their 'culture' is welcome.
They really should count themselves lucky, if they want to mix with other cultures, get on a plane. Understand I'm not talking about race here but culture, anyone living in England should adopt British culture. If they don't like that then pack up back to where their 'culture' is welcome. EpicConcern

2:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Hear hear Sir.
Don't like the culture? want to experience other cultures? Try travelling.
This is the damage and warped thinking New Labour brought about.
Plus if immigrants want to integrate , maybe they should try mixing?
Hear hear Sir. Don't like the culture? want to experience other cultures? Try travelling. This is the damage and warped thinking New Labour brought about. Plus if immigrants want to integrate , maybe they should try mixing? barrie timpson

4:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Public services stretched , I don't know of a newsagent who is white English , I haven't been brought home after a night out in town by an English taxi driver for a year , wages driven down , racism at the college in Wigan , I think I've had enough of the experience.

The way I look at it is this - do we have a shortage of migrants? answer - NO.

The coalition is reducing the number sensibly, so I'm OK with that.
Public services stretched , I don't know of a newsagent who is white English , I haven't been brought home after a night out in town by an English taxi driver for a year , wages driven down , racism at the college in Wigan , I think I've had enough of the experience. The way I look at it is this - do we have a shortage of migrants? answer - NO. The coalition is reducing the number sensibly, so I'm OK with that. barrie timpson

6:22pm Wed 8 Jan 14

keepitreel says...

how my heart goes out to these poor kids,coming from a white middle class background in one of the more affluent parts of the town must be like living in hell,no ethnic ghettos to go and wallow in culture or low cost slum estates to see how the less fortunate in the town live a benefit culture,if your that set on immersing yourselves into another culture go to a third world country and do some voluntary work or get mummy and daddy to buy you a flat in a run down part of the country and surrounded by immigrants and the like and see how long your integration idea lasts,we live in ENGLAND and the only culture we should be forwarding is ENGLISH.
how my heart goes out to these poor kids,coming from a white middle class background in one of the more affluent parts of the town must be like living in hell,no ethnic ghettos to go and wallow in culture or low cost slum estates to see how the less fortunate in the town live a benefit culture,if your that set on immersing yourselves into another culture go to a third world country and do some voluntary work or get mummy and daddy to buy you a flat in a run down part of the country and surrounded by immigrants and the like and see how long your integration idea lasts,we live in ENGLAND and the only culture we should be forwarding is ENGLISH. keepitreel

6:41pm Thu 9 Jan 14

norm says...

A couple of words instantly spring to mind on reading this article ... naïve, patronising. Have these poor little mites NEVER been out of the village? Shame! Never been shopping in Liverpool, Manchester, etc? Or maybe they just go around with their eyes closed - or just don't lift their heads up from their smart-phones or whatever? Still, I'm sure they mean well.
A couple of words instantly spring to mind on reading this article ... naïve, patronising. Have these poor little mites NEVER been out of the village? Shame! Never been shopping in Liverpool, Manchester, etc? Or maybe they just go around with their eyes closed - or just don't lift their heads up from their smart-phones or whatever? Still, I'm sure they mean well. norm

11:11pm Fri 10 Jan 14

SethArmstrong says...

Naive beyond words
Naive beyond words SethArmstrong

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