Integration & locally-led action

iCoCo asks us to save the date 23rd April for an event in central London –

At Ease With Each Other

“A major opportunity to discuss cohesion and integration in the UK; with Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP, Ben Page, David Goodhart, Ted Cantle and others.”

This follows the publication by the Department for Communities and Local Government of Creating the Conditions for Integration last month.  The document sets out the government’s approach to integration.  Discrimination and hate crime against Muslims and Jews are mentioned, as well as the positive role that the Faith-based Regeneration Network, the Near Neighbours Programme and the Inter Faith Network for the UK are playing.  The promotion of economic regeneration by local authorities is encouraged, with a caution against the implicit endorsement of divisive groups by engagement or the use of public buildings.

The document places an emphasis on the role of local community groups and ‘locally-led action’.  It says,

‘Our new approach is focused on how we create the conditions for integration to happen. Instead of large-scale, centrally led and funded programmes, we want to inspire and enable civil society and local areas to take action on integration issues that are important to them.’

Shall we discuss this at our next meeting?  Who might be interested to hear the views of local multifaith groups?  Who would you like to hear speak?

Thursday 17th November – next meeting

We are invited to the London Fire Brigade’s HQ (just south of the river, in Southwark, SE1) for our next meeting (see previous post).

We’ll gather on the morning of Thursday 17th November – and the LFB has kindly arranged a visit for us afterwards to the adjoining London Fire Brigade Museum.

We’ll be hearing more about the Near Neighbours programme and sharing news from across the capital.  Inter Faith Week (20-26th November) will be around the corner and we’ll have updates about opportunities during the Olympic and Paralympic season next year (see our London 2012 page for the latest news).

Anything you would like to include on the agenda or share with us?  Please let me know asap.

As ever, please let me know if you are planning to join us and I will send details.  Your name needs to be on the list to gain entry, so please be in touch by 14th November if possible.