The Centre for Social Relations incorporates the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) and works to build a more cohesive society. We believe that:
- Diversity is good for society - socially, culturally, economically;
- Diverse societies work best when they have a sense of social solidarity and mutual responsibility;
- Every individual will benefit from a richer notion of citizenship and fuller involvement in civil society.
We need to develop policy solutions that enable us to live together rather than side by side; that promote greater shared identity; that support new migrants to adapt to life in Britain; that define what it means to be a citizen and instil a greater sense of civic responsibility amongst all those in our society.
Since it was established in 2005, the Institute of Community Cohesion(ICoCo) has built up a formidable portfolio of work and become a leading player in practitioner support, research and policy development. The Centre for Social Relations aims to build on the work of iCoCo to create an evidence base for community cohesion, shape public debates, develop new policy ideas and provide advice and guidance to the private, public and voluntary sectors on how we build genuinely cohesive communities.