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Community Cohesion review by Stronger Communities Scrutiny Committee

by Emily Maguire

Knowsley Council’s Stronger Communities Committee completed a Task and Finish review, with recommendations, to be considered by Knowsley Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 20 March.

The Task and Finish Review was carried out by the Stronger Communities Scrutiny Committee in November 2023, with the aim of examining Community Cohesion across the Borough.

Following a series of visits to local organisations who assist and support local communities, the committee were universally impressed by the hard work, commitment and passion of the community and voluntary sector organisations who support vulnerable people within Knowsley.

The review sets out nine recommendations to help the council and its partners continue to galvanise and bolster community cohesion across the borough, looking at things the council is already doing well and should continue; where the Council can explore the opportunity to do more than they currently do, or do it better; and what the Council should start doing.

The recommendations include formally acknowledging the hard work, commitment and passion of the community and voluntary sector (CVS) organisations who support Knowsley Communities, as well as celebrating diversity, supporting young people and working to put a stop to hate crime in the borough.

The recommendations also highlight how funding, training and partnerships can all contribute to achieving these aims in order to galvanise and bolster community cohesion.

The Committee noted that Knowsley, like many places, faces the challenge of inequalities whereby different communities have very different life experiences and life chances. The Committee further noted that external grant funding plays a key role in addressing such issues and recommended strengthening partnership work across the Borough to provide further security for the sector and the communities who they support.

The recommendations set out in the review were unanimously agreed upon by Knowsley Council’s Cabinet.

You can read the full Task and Finish Review here.