This manual will help you to successfully organise a Community Engagement Dinner to bring people from all sectors of your local community together for a meal and a discussion of issues of local importance. The idea for such events grew out of the Dialogue Society’s annual community fast-breaking dinners during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Whilst the fast-breaking dinners provide an excellent opportunity to bring together diverse community members in the spirit of sharing, they are confined to a specific time period. Why should this kind of event be limited to Ramadan? The Community Engagement Dinners suggested in this manual can be organised at any time of year. They also bring in discussion of local issues as a focus for the event, which becomes not only a social occasion but a chance for diverse people to exchange views and consider important social issues together. Both the friendly social interaction and the community discussion can really help to build a strong, active and cohesive local community.
This manual is part of a series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals developed by the Dialogue Society to encourage interaction between members of different communities.
About Community Dialogue Manuals
The primary aim of the series is to help people to bring their communities together through a number of approaches and events that the Dialogue Society has found successful. We have always found that the most successful events have been those with clear objectives and where attention has been paid to detail.
The Dialogue Society launched its series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals to encourage interaction between members of different communities. The manuals provide tangible ideas, know-how, and resources to both motivate and support people and groups to reach out to one another and strengthen social cohesion.
The Community Dialogue Manuals suggest 65+ ideas and projects (35+ are detailed and dialogue related), total 650 pages, contain 100+ sample documents and include 200+ references to other helpful websites and resources.
Aims and Objectives:
- To encourage and support individuals and groups to engage in dialogue
- To raise awareness of local issues and encourage social responsibility
- To help provide an organised but friendly and informal context for constructive dialogue on issues of local importance
- To bring diverse people into contact with local stakeholders, encouraging engagement with local democracy and local services
- To encourage the opening up of different communities to one another
- To encourage inclusion of people who may not generally be interested in dialogue
- To facilitate neighbourly and community interaction
- To provide strategies, tips, advice and know-how for organising a successful event
Who Is This Manual For?
- Charities, community groups and religious groups looking to promote dialogue, social cohesion and citizenship in their local area
- Public sector professionals looking for new ways to serve the same goals