The Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill and Zahra Ibrahim from Barking & Dagenham Somali Women’s Association (BDSWA) will co-Chair this important community cohesion conversation with our partners East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO), and Big Society CIC to explore issues of common concern and to initiate a community-led initiative.
The Conference will explore issues around community cohesion and engagement, civil society and youth violent crime and community safety, The Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Saima Ashraf, will give the keynote speech.
BDSWA is an active participant in a collaborative effort by Citizens UK to establish a permanent alliance of civil society organisations acting together for the common good in Barking & Dagenham.
BDSWA has been funded by Near Neighbours Common Good Fund, which aims to build friendships, inter-community and faith connections, increase levels of trust and mutual support. The event includes launching new Community Cohesion projects. http://www.bdcommunitycohesion.org/
Doors open and refreshments will be served from 5.30pm. The conference starts promptly at 6pm.
5:30 Arrival, Registration & Refreshment
6:00 Introduction and opening of the event – Zahra Ibrahim
6:05 Setting the Scene – Bishop Peter Hill
6:15 Aspirations for Barking & Dagenham – Cllr S Ashraf
6:25 Building Relationship in the Community – Geraud
6:50 Young People – Nathan Singleton
7:00 Community Cohesion Project: Stronger together – Mark Ereira-Guyer
7:10 Table Discussions
7:40 Facilitators Feedback
7:45 Next steps for the Community Cohesion Project?
7:55 Close – Zahra Ibrahim