Community Cohesion Commission

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Take 5 minutes to tell us your views on community cohesion

Westminster is one of the most diverse places in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people from different backgrounds living here. We want Westminster to continue to be a place where everyone feels that they belong, and communities value one another.

The council has launched the Community Cohesion Commission to better understand cohesion in Westminster and how to address the possible root causes of radicalisation and other related issues.

The Commission will be conducting a review of Westminster City Council's and partners' policies and practices relating to community cohesion and a full report on the commission's findings will be published in early spring 2017.


Take 5 minutes to tell us your views on community cohesion

Westminster is one of the most diverse places in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people from different backgrounds living here. We want Westminster to continue to be a place where everyone feels that they belong, and communities value one another.

The council has launched the Community Cohesion Commission to better understand cohesion in Westminster and how to address the possible root causes of radicalisation and other related issues.

The Commission will be conducting a review of Westminster City Council's and partners' policies and practices relating to community cohesion and a full report on the commission's findings will be published in early spring 2017.


Consultation has concluded
  • Community safety and hate crime reporting session

    about 3 years ago

    On the 25th August, Councillor Mohammed and Councillor McAllister met with representatives from community safety and hate crime organisations to discuss the impact of hate crime on local communities:

    We had representatives from:

    · Galop – the LGBT+ anti-violence charity

    · Show Racism the Red Card - Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity

    · Tell MAMA- supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents

    · The Anne Frank Trust UK- Founded in 1990, the Anne Frank Trust UK uses Anne's life and inspirational message as an...

    On the 25th August, Councillor Mohammed and Councillor McAllister met with representatives from community safety and hate crime organisations to discuss the impact of hate crime on local communities:

    We had representatives from:

    · Galop – the LGBT+ anti-violence charity

    · Show Racism the Red Card - Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity

    · Tell MAMA- supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents

    · The Anne Frank Trust UK- Founded in 1990, the Anne Frank Trust UK uses Anne's life and inspirational message as an anchor to educate people about damage caused by all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

    Throughout the meeting we discussed the various emotions people feel when someone experiences of prejudice, discrimination or a hate crime, the importance of safe environments, tolerance and understanding. We also discussed the significant and negative impact hate crime and can have on people's well-being, their family and community.

    Everyone found the discussion insightful and interested to hear how each organisation works to address this issue. The possibility of holding a networking event for organisations' that work with communities on this issue was discussed and we will explore the possibility of taking this idea forward.

    At the end we discussed the importance of empathy, empathy can go a long way to create cohesion across communities.


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  • Identity, Faith and Values session

    about 3 years ago
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    On the 12th of August, Councillor Hug - Leader of the Opposition, met with a number of representatives from a diverse group of organisations to discuss Identity, Faith and Values and how they play a part in supporting local community cohesion.

    At the meeting we had representatives from:

    • The Runnymede Trust - a race equality think tank

    • The Inter faith Network for the UK

    • London Central Mosque Trust ltd & Islamic Cultural Centre

    • West London Synagogue

    Some of the key points that were expressed include the ability to hold inter-faith events for members of the community...

    On the 12th of August, Councillor Hug - Leader of the Opposition, met with a number of representatives from a diverse group of organisations to discuss Identity, Faith and Values and how they play a part in supporting local community cohesion.

    At the meeting we had representatives from:

    • The Runnymede Trust - a race equality think tank

    • The Inter faith Network for the UK

    • London Central Mosque Trust ltd & Islamic Cultural Centre

    • West London Synagogue

    Some of the key points that were expressed include the ability to hold inter-faith events for members of the community to engage and interact with each other whilst breaking the barriers that stop people from coming together.

    Throughout the discussions, there were indications to suggest the aspects of community cohesion are currently in play across Westminster, such as the Marylebone Food Cycle – bringing together communities young professionals and nearby residents or the Inter-faith Iftar (breaking of the fast) event.

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the role of Identity, Faith and Values in community cohesion, get in touch by sharing your story or e-mailing us at communitycohesion@westminster.gov.uk


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  • Westminster City Council launches review into cohesion

    over 3 years ago
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    The review will be led by the council’s cross-party Community Cohesion Commission; launched tonight (Monday 13 June) at Porchester Hall, Bayswater.

    At its simplest, community cohesion is about how the different groups that make up communities get on with each other.

    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.

    Cllr Nickie Aiken, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Westminster City Council, said, “Westminster is at the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the world. In Westminster schools alone we have counted...

    The review will be led by the council’s cross-party Community Cohesion Commission; launched tonight (Monday 13 June) at Porchester Hall, Bayswater.

    At its simplest, community cohesion is about how the different groups that make up communities get on with each other.

    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.

    Cllr Nickie Aiken, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Westminster City Council, said, “Westminster is at the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the world. In Westminster schools alone we have counted 180 different languages and dialects."

    “We are incredibly proud of our diversity and consider it one of the city’s key strengths. But we know there are still important challenges we need to address to make sure Westminster remains a place where everyone feels they belong and are safe.”

    The commission will seek 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 Adam Hug, Leader of the Opposition, Westminster City Council, said, “It is vital that the council digs deep into the social integration challenges right across our city.”

    “I hope the commission will give us the opportunity to do this and review what Westminster is doing. Most importantly, we must reach out to the communities that are most difficult to access."

    Guest speakers included Borough Commander for Westminster Peter Ayling and Youth MP for Westminster Hamza Taouzzale, who shared their reasons for wanting to aid the commission in their research and emphasized how a more cohesive society will impact both the Police and the youth of Westminster.