National charities come together to discuss future of community cohesion in Westminster

Wed, 28/09/2016

National and local charities are meeting in Westminster to discuss how the different groups that make up the city’s communities get on with each other

The event, on 29 September at Westminster’s Abbey Centre, will ask attendees the question: "What can we all do to ensure that everyone growing up and living in Westminster feels that they belong?"

According to the council’s annual resident survey, close to 90% of residents feel Westminster is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well.

However, there is still more to be done and as London continues to grow and change, the council has launched a Community Cohesion Commission to set out the practical steps needed to improve cohesion and reduce the risks of harm to Westminster’s communities, including how to address the possible root causes of radicalisation.

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Cabinet Member for Public Protection at Westminster City Council and the Commission’s lead member, said: "Westminster’s charities play a huge part in bringing people from different walks of life together, and we welcome their support in developing our recommendations to improve community cohesion.

"We have already had a hugely positive response to the work we are doing around community cohesion and are now ensuring that all ideas are fed into the recommendations that the Commission will make when it releases its report next year."

Cllr Adam Hug, Leader of the Opposition at Westminster City Council and member of the Commission, said: “It’s encouraging to see the Westminster voluntary sector come together in this joint event. Accessing the hardest to reach communities is paramount and I have seen first-hand how our charities, right across the City reaching out to these residents. The Labour Group looks forward to working with all partners in developing a strong plan for the future.”

Residents are being invited to submit ideas on how to improve community cohesion, and what it means to them.

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A report on the Commission’s findings and recommendations will be published in early 2017.

Read more about the Community Cohesion Commission

Last updated: 5 January 2017
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