Community cohesion

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Adult's Services, Community cohesion |


A cohesive community is one where:

  • there is a common vision and a sense of belonging for all communities;
  • the diversity of people’s different backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued;
  • those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities; and
  • strong and positive relationships are being developed between people from different backgrounds and circumstances in the workplace, in schools and within neighbourhoods.”

‘Guidance on community cohesion’ (LGA, Dec 2002) and ‘Community cohesion – an action guide’ (LGA, 2004).

Our vision of an integrated and cohesive community is based on three foundations:

  • People from different backgrounds having similar life opportunities
  • People knowing their rights and responsibilities
  • People trusting one another and trusting local institutions to act fairly

And three ways of living together:

  • A shared future vision and sense of belonging
  • A focus on what new and existing communities have in common, alongside a recognition of the value of diversity
  • Strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds.”

The Government’s Response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion (CLG, Feb 2008)

Policies and legislation

Useful links


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