Trapped in Zone One is a BAME led creative organisation based in East London who aim to engage with community groups and organisations to improve the health and well-being of diverse communities through creative practices, via a diverse range of partnerships with local organisations and individuals.
Trapped in Zone One work alongside Not-For-Profit community organisations supporting people from all different walks of life in Tower Hamlets to make social change, using their creative knowledge, sports programmes with national charities such as StreetGames and GoodGym; hosting and facilitating a variety of projects throughout the year, and recruiting partners for their social engagement.
Trapped in Zone One knew that targeting fitness through football over the summer holidays in the aftermath of COVID-19 outbreak would be a welcomed and effective means of engaging young people in Tower Hamlets. Working in partnership with Wapping Youth FC, their team of experienced fitness professionals were best positioned to encourage and engage with the Borough's youth.
Not only did their physical fitness be improved, they also addressed how best to maintain and support good mental health, and also take this opportunity to address issues, such as what constitutes a healthy role model.
Supporting community-led projects and using their expertise in community cohesion is at the heart of Trapped in Zone One’s organisational aims. It is their belief that local people know their communities better than anyone else, and they aim to provide the most effective platform, resources and opportunities to give them the tools to survive, thrive and evolve personally and socially.
London FA’s fund supported Trapped in Zone One to deliver a weekly football programme with Wapping Youth FC to young BAME males in the borough and provide them with a nutritious healthy meals courtesy of Tower Hamlets Council.
Themes covered in the sessions included wellbeing, character building, socially connected, greater knowledge of health and nutrition.
Bablu Miah, Head and Founder of Trapped in Zone One, made this statement on the project: “Our objective was to bring a positive impact in the local community and young people during summer holiday. The London FA fund enabled us to provide a consistent and easily accessible enrichment of activities, with nutritious healthy meal for the young people to be able to eat healthier.”
You can find out more about Trapped in Zone One on their website
For Black History Month, Trapped in Zone One are creating a mural to be displayed at Chicksand Street Park (E1 5LD) in Tower Hamlets. They aim to create this mural to bring different cultures together under a unified message which is against racial discrimination for Black History Month.
In order for them to come up with a positive message to go on the wall, they would like the voice of the youth to tell them ‘what does diversity mean to you?’ This can be done with a post on social media or be sending them a short video no longer than 30 seconds in landscape format with your answers.
Videos can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
They can also be submitted on Twitter @TrappedZoneOne or Instagram @trappedinzoneone