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West London Initiative (WLI)

Country
United Kingdom
Target Audience
Youth/pupils/studentsViolent extremistsLocal community organisations/NGOs
key themes association
Deradicalisation/disengagementVulnerable youth and youth engagement in P/CVE
Peer Reviewed practice
No
Year
2016

Organisation

The West London Initiative is a limited company, funded essentially through local authority and private sources.

Type of Organisation: Other

Project description

West London Initiative (WLI) emerged primarily as a result of identifying an increasing need amongst statutory agencies and youth organisations in London (UK) concerning Muslim youth engagement where such youth were developing extremist beliefs based upon erroneous interpretations propagated by extremist ideologues.

Such beliefs were further exasperated by a lack of religious knowledge and understanding. WLI has since expanded to include challenging those susceptible to violent extremism in any form including Far Right extremism, Animal Rights, Political extremism, etc.

WLI explores the factors that lead to violent extremism from a truly grass roots perspective including the radicalisation process and effective means and methods of intervention(s).

WLI aims to engage with individuals or groups, young or old, male or female, who have become susceptible to violent extremist propaganda and teachings and provide them with an alternative and more attuned understanding of their values, philosophies, ideologies and ethics.

WLI also challenges extremist groups who feed off each other in cycles of reactionary violence and escalating extremist discourse. This thereby enables the contextualisation of particular beliefs and understanding within today's society without compromising principles of integration and the rule of law.

The organisation operates at a grass-roots level and is staffed both by individuals coming from similar backgrounds to its target audience, and skilled and experienced practitioners. This allows WLI to deliver a diverse range of interventions, events, projects and workshops where the aim is to educate, empower, build resilience and promote participation in civic society.

The key consideration includes the ability to access hard to reach young people through bespoke innovative grass roots intervention methods tailored to the needs of the very person(s) engaged.

WLI's work also includes the direct and indirect targeting of members of other organisations who directly or indirectly promote or entice others towards acts of violence in the name of race, religion, colour, creed etc.

WLI carries out outreach work via its contact with mosques, statutory/non statutory organisations, families, local businesses and others as well as carrying out research into the fluid nature of radicalisation.

Contact details

Address

The West London Initiative
11a empire parade,
Empire way, Wembley,
Middlesex ha9 0rq,
United Kingdom

Contact person: Najeeb Ahmed
Telephone: (+44) (0)7792 494946
Email

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