This free Dialogue & Debate webinar explores ideas and opportunities for supporting social cohesion as lockdown restrictions are lifted in the UK.
We discuss how communities might need to adjust in response to challenges that COVID-19 has presented, including: increased unemployment, heightened social anxiety, newly exposed ethnic, gender and geographical inequalities, and economic insecurity for many small charities, businesses and social services.
This webinar is hosted by our Chief Executive, Dr Edmund Newell.
Our guest panellists are:
- Jo Broadwood - Chief Executive of Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network
- Dr Magda Brokowska - Senior Research Officer at the University of Essex (Co-author of Coming Together or Coming Apart? Changes in social cohesion during the Covid-19 pandemic in England (2021))
- Professor David Halpern - Civil servant and Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team (Cabinet Office spin-off)
How to register
Please register in advance to receive joining details for this webinar, using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8zuD3uEGQY67pIRcDEVwMQ
You will be sent a link to join us live on Zoom, as a non-video participant, and interact with our panel by submitting questions using the Q&A function. All you need is an internet connection, a screen to watch it on - on PC or mobile device - and your speakers switched on.
If you prefer, you can watch the webinar live on this webpage or on Facebook Live, in which case please submit any questions to our guests by tweeting us @CumberlandLodge or commenting on our Facebook livestream.
Dialogue & Debate with Cumberland Lodge is a series of regular interactive webinars on pressing issues affecting social cohesion in the UK. It is supported by our charitable funds.
What will we be discussing?
Whilst many people in the UK are excited about reuniting with friends and family and getting back to familiar working patterns and social routines, gradually returning to ‘normal’ life poses significant challenges. After a year of reduced social connections, many people’s habits, ambitions and economic situations have changed.
How can we adjust as restrictions are gradually lifted, without overwhelming ourselves and those around us? And how can we prepare, to help us cope with any renewed tightening of restrictions in the future, or the impacts of new variants of COVID-19?
Community services will undoubtedly play a crucial role in supporting us to adjust. We discuss how we can maximise the safe use of educational and community spaces to help us to enhance social cohesion post-lockdown, particularly when funding is scarce and social anxiety is high. How can we protect the most vulnerable, including those who have lost their jobs and the unvaccinated?
This crisis has brought out a renewed sense of solidarity and togetherness in many communities. How can we seize the opportunity to encourage people to continue volunteering and looking out for their neighbours, as we ’build back better’?
During the discussion, consideration will be given to some of the recommendations of our 2020 report, Resilient Communities, including:
- Proactive measures should be put in place to raise the status of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic voices within UK communities
- Local authorities should be stripped of the ability to sell or repurpose community assets – such as public and communal spaces
- A public space threshold should be introduced, to ensure that public space is available to community members in all boroughs, districts and counties in the UK
- Local community members should be involved in the monitoring and evaluation of community projects in their local area.
Recordings will be shared after the event on the Read, Watch, Listen section of this website, to watch or listen on demand.
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