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Untold Stories of Good Relations: Building a Coalition of Voice and Influence

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Abstract

During 2013, funding from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Oxfam led to focus group research into grassroots work in England on strengthening good relations. Some 346 people attended 11 events across the country, representing 235 local community organisations and some public and larger voluntary organisations. Focus groups were held in the north of England, the Midlands, the South West and the South East as part of an initiative to build a coalition of voice and influence for work focussed on building more resilient, cohesive and peaceful communities. The report summarises data from those groups, covering the need for the work, the challenges of doing such work in the current political and global environments, the kind of support required to allow the work to flourish, and good practice from around the country.
Untold Stories of Good Relaons
BUILDING A COALITION OF VOICE AND INFLUENCE
JO BROADWOOD with
NICOLA SUGDEN, BARRY NAVARRO, LUCY HOLDAWAY, PHIL CHAMPAIN & HEN WILKINSON
 |
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND THANKS
We are grateful to the following people for their input into this report:
Tom Andrews, People United; Tariq Bashir, Who Is Your Neighbour?; Raj Bhari,
Talk for a Change; Lisa Cummings, Programme for a Peaceful City Bradford;
Mike Fier, Who is Your Neighbour?; Paulina Janus, Stockwell Partnership;
Avtar Jhalli, Aik Saath; David Millar, Just Lincolnshire; Ruth Richardson, Global
Educaon Derby; Dan Silver, Social Acon Research Foundaon; Hen Wilkinson,
Community Resolve.
We are grateful to all who have contributed their wisdom, experse and insight
through the development group. As well as those listed above, they are:
Alex Ankrah, Tutu Foundaon; Aisling Cohn and Debbie Danon, Three Faiths
Forum; Mark Ellis, Newcastle City Council; Rob Meeks, Aik Saath; Maria Power,
University of Liverpool; Sean Simms, Working with Men; Marn Wright,
Lambeth Mediaon Service.
We are grateful to our local hosts; their hard work, enthusiasm and local
connecons made an enormous contribuon to the success of the local events.
They are in:
 Stockwell Partnership
Foundaon for Peace
 Social Acon Research Foundaon
 ARCH and Newcastle Conict Resoluon Network
 Together for Peace, Programme for a
Peaceful City, Who is your Neighbour? and Centre for Good Relaons
 Barton Hill Selement and Community Resolve
 Conict and Change, Involve and Resolve, and the
Kitchen Table Café
 Wolverhampton Network Consorum
 Just Lincolnshire
 Aik Saath
 Global Educaon Derby
We are grateful to Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Oxfam
for their nancial support for this work.
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             
              


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   

  


             
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


Background
1 Centre for Good Relaons (Burnley), Community Resolve (Bristol), Conict and Change (Newham), Internaonal Alert,
Talk for a Change, Who is Your Neighbour? (south Yorkshire).
2 Broadwood & Sugden (2012)
We need to talk about..can discussing controversial issues strengthen community relaons?
hp://www.talkforachange.co.uk/wp-content/themes/haworth/publicaons/We%20Need%20To%20Talk%20About.pdf





   

          

‘…that which aims to build more engaged, resilient and cohesive neighbourhoods. This work could be focused
around ethnicity, race or faith. However, it could just as well focus on dierences of age, class, geography
etc. It means engaging groups and communies in acvies that support them to know and understand
each other beer, to develop voice and agency for change, and awareness and empathy across divides. This
may include directly engaging communies and groups in conversaons about controversial issues.
  

      


  
             
     


             


    
               
 
   

      

               

            
     

What do we mean by good relaons work?
                 
              
             


    
              

       








                
  
    



 
             


     
     7         
               

The current context: factors inuencing good relaons across England
hp://www.jrf.org.uk/media-centre/tough-atudes-poverty
hp://www.migraonobservatory.ox.ac.uk/reports/migraon-news
hp://tellmamauk.org/latest-gures-on-islamophobic-hate-crimes-from-the-met-police/
hp://www.nspcc.org.uk/news-and-views/media-centre/press-releases/2014/childline-report/bullying-self-harm-
suicide-increases_wdn100346.html
7 hp://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/resources/mulmedia/infographic-income-inequality-uk
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


    
    


            





1. Work that strengthens the voice, agency and engagement of a marginalised or vulnerable group.
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2. Work that seeks to build greater understanding of dierent identy and interest groups and develops
skills for posive interacon

3. Work that brings people together for a common purpose, or in a common place.

What kind of work is good relaons work?






 

















4. Work that directly tackles tensions between dierent groups and communies through mediaon
and dialogue.





   8 
            

5. Capacity building work.
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6. Campaigning, polical and rights-based work acvely challenging media narraves and local and
naonal policy.

 

8 p48 Broadwood & Sugden (2012)
We need to talk about...
hp://www.talkforachange.co.uk/wp-content/themes/
haworth/publicaons/We%20Need%20To%20Talk%20About.pdf
Much of the research on interpersonal resilience points to the ability to talk about the relaonship itself as a key aspect
of resilient relaonships.




















7
            



Divisive narraves
              




            


              



    


             

Changes to the benets system and cuts to local services
 


     
              

Exisng segregaon of communies
  
     
       
               


              

Challenges to good relaons
 This term was rst used in a UK context by Who Is Your Neighbour? in South Yorkshire, a community organisaon using
dialogue and conict transformaon approaches to tackle inaccurate percepons held by one group about another and
to strengthen understanding across divides.
 hp://www.ethnicity.ac.uk/census/885_CCSR_Neighbourhood_Bullen_v7.pdf
 hp://www.the-challenge.org/press/item/188-mulcultural-britain-becoming-more-segregated-–-friendship-study
Management of immigraon

  


Other factors
               
   


Posive stories
      
  

    


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

  

  
     
     

Work on good relaons is complex and requires me and resource

  
       

Cuts


    




Measuring impact
     







Praconer skills and condence
                


         



Challenges to good relaons work




Opportunies to link with others locally
             

       


Skills development and learning from others
             
    
             
   
            


Help telling other stories

              
     

     

Academic and research perspecves

   
     
               

Naonal network and alliance focused on good relaons
               

 


What kind of support is required?
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
             
  


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              
              

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
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                 
   
      

  
               
    
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

            
   

     
      
 
             





 

 

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  
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




Locally driven:
Locally and sub-regionally hosted but with naonal coordinaon:

Light-touch:
Making use of technology:
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Good pracce case studies
WORK THAT STRENGTHENS VOICE, ENGAGEMENT AND AGENCY


WORK THAT SEEKS TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING OF DIFFERENT IDENTITIES AND INTERESTS



WORK THAT DIRECTLY TACKLES TENSIONS BETWEEN GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES


WORK THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER FOR COMMON PURPOSES


WORK THAT BUILDS CAPACITY IN COMMUNITIES AND GOOD RELATIONS ORGANISATIONS
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
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
CASE STUDY ONE: Talk for a Change assists community groups to nd a shared voice

   



 
               


‘Before Ramadan we had one relaonship-building meeng with residents – consisng of older white w/c
residents and younger m/c resident groups, and then another where we worked out what we can do to
avoid the an-social behaviour. Prayers oen nish around 12.30/midnight. Some young people say they
are going to the mosque but instead they link up with their friends, or they leave prayers early and link up
with their friends. St Paul’s Church and Darul Ummah mosque organised a rota where they had volunteers
with high viz jackets on all around the estate to approach young people to ensure that an-social behaviour
was avoided. Perhaps the rst me ever in the history of Tower Hamlets that a Chrisan church and a
mosque have worked together on this sort of iniave. So a two-fold approach – volunteers who did the
estate outreach work, and then the Rooted Forum provided alternave acvies so that young people didn’t
need to hang out outside. Interesng to see white English people looking like they are part of the mosque
parcularly throughout Ramadan. We are the second largest mosque in Tower Hamlets so it sets a really
good example for the rest of the borough.
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CASE STUDY TWO: Avon and Somerset Police help people to speak up about hate crime



                 

 

    
   
    


  

  


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CASE STUDY ONE: Schools Linking Network: Routes to Peace Event
                
  
     




‘The Routes to Peace iniave engages so many dierent communies. Bradford is a leader in peace heritage.
There are 130 naonalies in the city – and today has been an opportunity to celebrate and engage dierent
cultures. If we want to make more peace in the world we need to nurture our future generaons.



CASE STUDY TWO: Aik Saath working in schools on understanding dierence
     



     

   



      


   

              

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CASE STUDY THREE: Boston College CabCam
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  


     
         
              
 
      
    



WORK THAT SEEKS TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING OF DIFFERENT IDENTITIES AND INTERESTS
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CASE STUDY ONE: ‘Who Is Your Neighbour?’ South Yorkshire conversaons
                 









   


 ‘intra’  ‘inter’ 
        within    between
              
     
     

CASE STUDY TWO: Kumon Y’all address community tensions
              

‘we refuse to be part of the problem, to be vicms, to bury our heads in the sand, turn the other cheek or walk
away. Above all we refuse to say there is nothing we can do to change things or bleat what can we few do.


   

              
               

           
     


  
              


‘Normally with football there are arguments, but we had none. It was really good fun and our aim of
making friends and having a good me was achieved. We weren’t even o the eld and people were asking
when the next event would be!’


CASE STUDY ONE: People United – We All Do Good Things
               

                
 
               





               
     
 
    

                  



CASE STUDY TWO: Interacve – Leeds Intercultural Partnership

     
             


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             
             
 
             



               
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                


              




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CASE STUDY ONE: Programme for a Peaceful City – Thinkspace
 

 

           

                
          




,
             

              

CASE STUDY TWO: Newcastle Conict Resoluon Network




  




‘The course was excellent, it was delivered very professionally. The content was very interesng and relevant
with lots of shared learning.’ ‘The other parcipants were fantasc too and we have agreed to keep in touch
and connue our friendship, I can honestly say I haven’t laughed so much for a very long me and that was
a tonic in itself.’ ‘I will use the techniques that I have learned to resolve conict without aggression and
violence.
     
 
        
    
             


                

   
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