Government backs launch of new community cohesion website

A new website developed by the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) has been launched to act as one stop shop for cohesion practitioners and policy makers. The site which has received support from the department for Communities and Local Government brings together in one place a range of practical advice and support on how to promote cohesion.

The initiative builds on a wider programme of work taken forward by Government following recommendations made by the Commission on Integration and Cohesion in their report 'Our Shared Future' and will underpin the Cohesion Delivery Framework overview document launched by the Government in the summer.

Latest data from the national citizenship survey shows that cohesion levels in England are extremely high with 84 percent of respondents agreeing that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together.

Hazel Blears said:

"We know that local responses are the key when it comes to maintaining and building strong, resilient communities. Different areas of the country are experiencing different challenges and finding the solutions that work for them.'

"This website will mean that more people can access and learn from that experience and knowledge, share ideas and get the resources and support they need.'

iCoCo Executive Chair, Ted Cantle said:

"For the first time ever, we have brought together in one place a collection of good practice, guidance, toolkits, research and policy papers. Anyone with an interest in cohesion will be able to find all the information they need under one virtual roof."

"We also hope to encourage informal practitioner development through the provision of opportunities for information exchange, problem solving and discussion through the development and maintenance of online communities, building on our existing network of over 300 cohesion practitioners from across the public, private and voluntary sectors."

Today's launch unveils the first stage of the web portal. It is accompanied by a bank of cohesion materials that are supported by a sophisticated search facility that will allow users to access the growing good practice database and resource library. Further stages will follow including forums for users to have private and shared discussions and pages to share information.

The new ICoCo portal is a free interactive, searchable resource guide aimed at practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in cohesion. The portal will be constantly updated and expanded to offer improved services in the months to come. It can be accessed at :-

Further information and guidance on community cohesion can be found at

The Institute of Community Cohesion was established as an independent body in 2005 to provide a new approach to race, diversity and multiculturalism.


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