The All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues
– community responses to hate, intolerance and divisiveness
The Houses of Parliament
Committee Room 70
Wednesday October 22nd 2014
7pm – 9pm
‘British values’, “too many migrants’, ‘Trojan horses’, ‘skivers versus strivers’. Heated national debates about issues such as identity, integration and fairness increasingly set one group against another. But what goes on at a local level? Are good relations across different social groups and identities even possible? And who is doing the invisible ‘social glue’ work, strengthening social bonds and trust across difference, and developing a sense of shared place and purpose?
Together with our partners International Alert (a peacebuilding organisation) we have been working with organisations across England to uncover the realities of how different communities get on together on the ground. Please join us to hear from people working at both a local and a national level on strengthening good relations.
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Chaired by Chi Ongwara, MP for Newcastle Central.
Professor Miles Hewstone is from the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. Professor Hewstone is a researcher and expert on intergroup relations who has advised on public policy to the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Sunder Katwala is Director of British Future – an independent, non-partisan thinktank seeking to involve people in open conversations about identity and integration, migration and opportunity.
Jo Broadwood is a director at Talk for a Change, a CIC committed to strengthening, supporting and promoting good relations work. She is lead author of Untold Stories of Good Relations, the joint report from International Alert and Talk for a Change on good relations work happening across England.
Youth led charity, Aik Saath, based in Slough, promote understanding and cooperation across different identities with groups of young people.
People United bring people together using arts and creativity Tom Andrews will speak about their Kind Town project in Herne Bay, Kent,
Libby Malcolm, from Children North East works in Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing people together around a common purpose.
Lisa Cumming, Progamme for a Peaceful City, Bradford, West Yorkshire, is engaged in directly tackling tensions between different groups.