The Voices Project is about Black and Minority Ethnic people sharing their stories and histories, about where they came from, their journey to Norfolk, their past and its relevance in today's society.
The participants talk about their cultures, religious beliefs, experiences in their own countries, first impressions of the UK and reasons of migration. The project highlights how Norfolk's social landscape has changed over the last 50 years. It effectively showcases the fact that Norfolk is a county that is progressively becoming multi-cultural and that this is something worth understanding, accepting and celebrating. The stories are available in written, audio and digital formats.
The Voices project is a collaboration between Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind and the BBC. A film making project for young people has also been undertaken called Young Voices.
Young Voices is a collection of inspiring and thought-provoking films produced and directed by young Black and Minority Ethnic people aged 13 to 19, who have come from all over the world to live in Norfolk.
Norwich Mind and BBC Voices taught them to communicate through moving pictures. Twenty-four participants created films about themselves, their family and friends, their heritage, their aspirations, the challenges they face and their plans for the future. They shared what they thought of the world around them and connected with other young people!
Young Voices is a recipient of two awards: Positive Practice Award (National) and Best Practice in Equalities Award (Regional).
The digital stories arising from this work are stored in the Norfolk County Archives Office and copies are available by contacting us directly.