Where: Dialogue Society, London
by Michael Cleere
The London Borough of Southwark is one of the most diverse places in the UK. Home to almost 260,000 residents, speaking over 100 languages, it has long taken issues of community cohesion seriously and has bravely experimented with practical ways of promoting it on the ground. Indeed" the Southwark experience" has already been neatly summarised in terms of "practice guiding thinking", rather than it always having to be the other way around.
Michael Cleere is one of two Community Cohesion Co-Ordinators working in Southwark. He came to the job from a career as a Community & Faith Producer with the BBC, and before that ten years of pastoral ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a priest in Belfast at the height of its civil and religious strife. His presentation will cover the recent history of community cohesion, its current priorities and themes, and the ways in which Southwark Council continues to meet the challenges of ever changing lives in an ever changing landscape.