A partnership community engagement event that took place this weekend was a big success.
Partnership for Coventry’s event OneCov2017 took place on Saturday 7 October at Coventry Transport Museum.
The event invited people from communities across the city to come together to listen to and learn from each other’s experience of living in our city of many cultures – and to talk about ideas for how to live and work better together for the city.
Guests discussed their concerns for the city, shared many examples of effective ways in which Coventry people make our diverse city work well, and talked about possible ways to increase cross-community understanding in future.
OneCov2017 was organised in partnership with the University of Warwick’s Community Engagement team, and was planned and facilitated by a group of 27 community facilitators from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and communities.
Over 120 people took part in the event. which was attended by many individual Coventry residents, as well as Local Councillors, social groups and organisations including Coventry University, the Highlife Centre, Coventry Older Voices and many more.
The aim of OneCov was to provide a public event inviting diverse communities to have the opportunity to meet each other, discuss important issues and encourage potential future events.
Deputy leader and Cabinet member for Policing and Equalities, Cllr Abdul Khan, said: “It was fantastic to see so much diversity and working together. One Cov was a huge success in bringing people together.
“All the comments made at the event will be analysed and provide a better understanding of what communities can do to strengthen community cohesion and the social fabric which holds Coventry together. This will begin a discussion across the partnership about how it can pull together to support communities to achieve that aim.”
Mark Hinton, Community Engagement Development Manager at the University of Warwick, who facilitated the event, said: “I am so pleased with the engagement of such a broad cross-section of Coventry people in OneCov2017. The event built on the work of the many organisations and individuals who for decades have kept Coventry working as well as it does as a multi-cultural city.
“We made space for people to talk honestly about their concerns and worries about community relations in the city – and to listen to others, including in some uncomfortable, but productive conversations. We hope that many of the organisations and individuals involved will continue similar work to bring people together and make sure we tackle the difficult topics while celebrating what we have learnt from many years of living and working together in this great, diverse city.”