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Event showcases local life in Enfield

Published Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Cllr Chaudhury Anwar MBE, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, hosted an important event held at Enfield Council on Tuesday 23 November to launch two important pieces of work for Enfield.

Professor Ted Cantle CBE, from the Institute of Community Cohesion, and an Associate Director of Local Government Improvement and Development was the keynote speaker at the event, who gave a welcome insight into how local government, and its partners, can work together to achieve more cohesive communities in their localities. 

The event launched Enfield Together which is the Enfield Strategic Partnership's new Cohesion Strategy and Action Plan for the borough. The Strategy will support the development of strong communities in Enfield in the years ahead, as local areas are far nicer places to be when everyone feels respected and valued.

To help support this work, the Council conducted research involving residents and representatives of key local organisations over the summer to provide a snapshot in time of local social and civic life in the borough.  People and Places Matter: A Social Capital Assessment for Enfield found:

- There are high levels of socialising amongst families and friends in Enfield;
- The vast majority of residents agree that Enfield is a place where people from different backgrounds get along well;
- There is a positive attitude towards diversity, particularly amongst children and young people;
- Carers and lone parents can sometimes struggle to find the time to socialise and can be at risk of having 'low social capital';
- There is a consensus amongst residents to try and boost community spirit, and there is a strong local interest in volunteering to help other people;
- Life in Enfield is made richer by the local voluntary and community sector.

Cllr Chaudhury Anwar said "This event looked at Enfield and how all the various groups within it interacted together socially.

"We were delighted to have with us Ted Cantle, who took us through all the findings; it was a very interesting evening."

For further information about the event please contact Suzanne Griffiths, Corporate Policy and Research Officer, email: Suzanne.Griffiths@enfield.gov.uk or 0208 379 5163.

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