This was a year-long project which aimed to identify the issues which might exclude people from the Swale community. These could include issues relating to health, housing, education and other aspects of community care. Ultimately the project hoped to find ways of addressing these issues, so as to achieve a sense of belonging for all members of the community, whereby everyone can combine their social capital such as; knowledge, skills and talent, to create a stronger, more cohesive community.
This project culminated in a one-day conference, planned and delivered by Diversity House in partnership with professor Ted Cantle MBE (Institute of Community Cohesion), supported by Swale Borough Council. The conference was aimed at bringing statutory organisations together with the third sector to explore key issues and take part in themed workshops.
- How Community cohesion agenda should be embedded in major policies in Swale and Kent.
- Raising awareness of the new Government led agenda – “building a big society” and how community cohesion can assist.
- Building resilience and promoting sustainable communities.
- Supporting partner organisations to have an understanding of community cohesion and its role in the current financial climate.
Empowering elected leaders as community cohesion champions.