Community Cohesion

Community Cohesion in Stoke-on-Trent is about people of all backgrounds getting on well together.

What does the Community Cohesion Team do and how can we help you?

We help partners and residents build strong, sustainable relationships in their community by:

  • Building bridges and understanding between new and established communities, supporting children and young people to develop understanding and respect for difference , addressing myths and misconceptions about different communities, and working with local partners to improve cohesion in the city.
  • Monitor, manage and address the causes of Community Tension by supporting statutory, voluntary and community partners.
  • Improving engagement with communities helping them to lead more independent lives.
  • Ensure communities and institutions are resilient to all forms of intolerance and extremism.

Community Cohesion is all about:

  • different groups of people who live and work in the same place getting along with mutual understanding and respect.
  • recognising and dealing with misunderstanding and tensions than can occur between all sorts of communities for example communities of younger and older people or different neighbourhoods.
  • developing a robust response to threats, whether discrimination, extremism or disorder, that deepen division and increase tensions.
  • building strong relationships between people, facilitating opportunities to realise this and responding in a thoughtful and responsible way to change.

You can find out more about Community Cohesion by downloading the Government's Integration Strategy, which sets out an approach to achieving a more integrated society, focusing on creating the conditions for everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other. 

The delivery of Community Cohesion sits within the council's statutory responsibility under the Equalities Act 2010. This introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty in April 2011 which requires a Public Authority in the exercise of its functions to have due regard to the need to:

  • (a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
  • (b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
  • (c ) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

If you want to know more about Community Cohesion in Stoke-On-Trent or want advice and support please contact:

Community Cohesion Team
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Civic Centre, Glebe Street
Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1RF
Tel: 01782 235778

Useful links

  1. Stoke-on-Trent Childrens, Young People and Families Plan
  2. Equality and Diversity in Stoke-on-Trent
  3. To report a Hate Crime Online contact True Vision or Challenge North Staffs
  4. To report offensive and racist graffiti contact Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Environmental Crime Unit