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Community Cohesion

At the Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM) we’re committed to creating strong communities with a common vision.

Communities that are strong and inclusive lead to a better quality of life, a stronger sense of identity and belonging, and mutual respect and equality. This is central to the idea of a civil society on which democracy rests. More information on the national picture

Community Cohesion is what must happen in all communities to enable different groups of people to get on well together. A key contributor to community cohesion is integration which is what must happen to enable new residents and existing residents to adjust to one another.

The UK Government’s vision of an integrated and cohesive community is based on three foundations:

  • People from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities
  • People know their rights and responsibilities
  • People trust one another and trust local institutions to act fairly

three key ways of living together:

  • A shared future vision and sense of belonging
  • A focus on what new and existing communities have in common, alongside a recognition of the value of diversity
  • Strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds

Commission on Integration and Cohesion

The Commission on Integration and Cohesion was announced on 28 June 2006, by then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Ruth Kelly.

The Commission, a fixed term advisory body, was set up to considering how local areas can make the most of the benefits delivered by increasing diversity - and also to consider how they can respond to the tensions it can sometimes cause. It was tasked with developing practical approaches to building communities' own capacity to prevent and manage tensions.

The Commission was chaired by Darra Singh, Chief Executive of Ealing Council and the Commissions final report - "Our Shared Future" - was published on 14 June 2007.

Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) 

The Institute of Community Cohesion was established in 2005 to provide a new approach to race, deversity and multiculturalism. Their work focuses on "building positive and harmonious community relations" using applied research to constantly develop practice and to build capacity of all the agencies and individuals involved.   

iCoCo is a not for profit partnership, which aims to build capacity at all levels and in all local and national agencies to promote community cohesion and is supported by CLG. Services include:

  • Mapping of local areas on cohesion issues
  • Developing toolkits for local areas (schools are a priority)
  • To work closely with central Government on policy development

Regional Picture

GOEM is currently seeking to develop a regional forum for policy officers and practitioners within local authorities for community cohesion, with the first meeting planned for Summer 2009. 

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Contact information

Safer and Stronger Communities
Government Office for the East Midlands
The Belgrave Centre
Talbot Street
Nottingham
NG1 5GG
tel: 0115 971 4742


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