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Community cohesion is a term to describe how everyone in a geographical area lives alongside each other with mutual understanding and respect. It is an essential component of people’s well-being and of their local and national identity.

‘Prosperity for All; the national strategy’ sets out this Government’s vision for Wales as a vibrant, tolerant and welcoming place to live and work, a country which is outward looking and where people of all backgrounds are respected and valued. It states our commitment to continuing work to counter discrimination and ensure opportunities for all. 

We will continue to be tested on how resilient we are whether by extremists spreading hatred and fear, or a global political narrative of nationalism and division. It is vital that in Wales we continue our work to strengthen cohesion and a sense of community.

Building community cohesion involves us all, and how we relate to others who are different. It is not just about how we get on with people from different countries, ethnic groups or religions, although this is a vital component. It also involves us working to break down barriers in our society between those who are ill or disabled and those who aren’t, between those who are rich and those who are poor, and between old and young.

Our new Community Cohesion plan is in development and will be published in autumn 2018. We expect that it will have four themes:

  • Work at a strategic level to build community cohesion and inclusion.
  • Work at a local level to break down barriers to inclusion and integration for particular groups and communities . 
  • Support for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and settled communities during the integration process.
  • Support for communities to prevent and manage community tensions, hostility and extremism.
We are working with a number of partners on this work, including Local Authorities, police forces, and equality and inclusion organisations in the third sector. We also fund eight Regional Community Cohesion Coordinator posts across Wales. They play a vital role in supporting delivery of our community cohesion programme.