Research will 'promote harmony'

Young Foundation commissioned to look into new ways of improving community cohesion

The Young Foundation has been commissioned to research third sector involvement in community cohesion projects.

The foundation, which funds social enterprises and local projects and carries out social research, will ask a selection of charities and councils to take part in surveys and telephone interviews. It will ask them about the extent to which they are involved in projects that promote harmony and tackle issues such as discrimination.

Council umbrella body the Local Government Association and its subsidiary the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government commissioned the research, which will map existing initiatives and make recommendations on how the public and voluntary sectors can work better together.

"We are trying to identify what local authorities and third sector organisations are currently doing so we can decide on the areas we can tackle in more depth," said a spokeswoman for the LGA.

Alessandra Buonfino, programme leader at the Young Foundation, said the research would help it to develop practical recommendations on how the sector and local authorities could work together more effectively on community cohesion.

A report containing the recommendations is expected to be published in August or September.

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