Hosted: Trust-building between communities

Click the following link for a trust-building overview of the day and speaker summaries.

Community cohesion has received heightened attention in policy and political discourse following the disturbances in Burnley, Oldham and Bradford in 2001. Central tenets of community cohesion include tolerance, shared values and trust in different groups and institutions.

The notion of trust is one of the most topical issues in the social sciences. We organised a ‘trust-building’ Seminar with Runnymede Trust and British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) and explored the barriers to the process of trust building between communities and drew out examples of best practice. Merging academic research with practical experience, we sought to answer two key questions:

  1. “What are the issues and barriers to trust building between Muslims and Non-Muslims in Britain today?”
  2. “What has been the experience, successful or otherwise, in trust building between communities – examples and best practice?”

The seminar was split into two sessions and included short presentations by expert speakers, a panel Q&A and a group discussion. Present were Over 40 attendees, including community stakeholders, practitioners and policy makers. Panelists included:

Panel 1:

  • Sir Peter Fahy, ex-Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and National Lead on Prevent
  • Dr. Abdul Bari, Director, Head2Heart
  • Farah Elahi, Policy Analyst, Runnymede Trust

Panel 2:

  • Professor Miles Hewstone, Director, Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict, University of Oxford
  • Cllr Yasmine Dar, Manchester City Council
  • Esmat Jeraj, Secretariat for the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life
  • Dr. Zahid Parvez, Principal, Markfield Institute of Higher Education

Click the following link for a trust-building overview of the day and speaker summaries.



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