Submitted by Carrie Brookes on 24 Jan 2018 - 3:22pm
Building Stronger Communities Together – Raising understanding of difference and celebrating diversity
Over fifty people representing 30 organisations attended our Building Stronger Communities Together event on 16 January. This Cleveland Safer Communities Network event aimed to bring VCOs together with Cleveland’s local authorities, voluntary development agencies and police to explore the issue of the changing landscape of diverse groups in our communities and to provide information about a Home Office funding programme Building a Stronger Britain Together.
Tracey Brittain provided an overview of how VCOs work at the heart of our communities and are integral to supporting work to increase understanding of difference and celebration of diversity. Sarah Wilson from OPCC provided an overview of work currently undertaken to address community cohesion and hate crime, the unwelcome result of what can happen in extreme circumstances when attitudes that are not shared by the mainstream population are left undetected and unaddressed.
Hugh McShane, Community Coordinator for Middlesbrough Council then provided details of the Home Office funding programme. Following formal presentations attendees participated in group discussions to share the vast array of great work already being undertaken by VCOs and to identify ideas for project development and potential collaborative approaches. A questionnaire completed at the end of the session highlighted that 17 VCOs are interested in giving time to a working group/forum to progress the work. Eight are interested in submitting a single agency bid and 18 are interested in a collaborative bid to the BSBT Programme.
If you were unable to attend the event and are interested in finding out more about our future plans please do get in touch with Tracey Brittain.