Cohesion Counts Conference
On Thursday 25th March 2010 we revealed our findings from an innovative new HMR project designed to build and measure community cohesion at the Cohesion Counts Conference, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
The conference attracted people working in housing and regeneration who are interested in building and measuring community cohesion in new estates and existing residential areas.
Cohesion Counts was based on seven different projects devised across neighbourhoods in Oldham and Rochdale. The projects were a mix of practical hands-on schemes as well as evaluative research. They included reviewing the impact of consultation on cohesion, building bridges between communities and a philosophy project which brings together young and old.
Cohesion Counts also gave delegates the opportunity to share their own experiences of managing cohesion issues, developing best practice, evaluating projects and in particular to discuss what works and what doesn’t.
We also launched a new interactive website at the conference, a good practice guide to building and measuring community cohesion, where more information is available and where people can go to share their own methods and experiences. www.cohesioncounts.org.uk
Cohesion Counts is an HMR initiative jointly funded by the Tenant Services Authority with contributions from Oldham and Rochdale Councils.