Street Dreams worked with young people in the Betchley area to investigate the issues relating to local racist attacks. Young people identified the key themes of parental influence, territorialism and the development of youth facilities. In response to this young people now have the opportunity to use the football facilities once a week at a local school as long as they form a racially mixed team. Violent racist attacks have significantly reduced a month after the project started.
Young people who attended a popular club night run by Racial Equality Newham wanted a more permanent place to go. Funding was secured from the Neighbourhood renewal scheme as well as the Jack Petchey Foundation and Youth Opportunities Fund to develop a purpose built centre. Young people were involved in the design and development of the new centre which opened March 2007. As well as providing many needed facilities identified by the young people it also provides a space for young people with shared interest to meet crossing racial divides.
Young people identified racism as an issue within this multi-cultural area and wanted to improve relationships within their community. The project identified a suitable training course for the young people who met regularly and invited other members of the community to join their project. The young people organised and helped run a fun day to bring all members of the community together. The young people feel that they have improved relationships between different cultures in the area.