Making Birmingham a more inclusive city

By on 25/03/2013 in Cllr Cotton, News
Cllr John Cotton

Cllr John Cotton

The Bishop of Birmingham will be leading a major meeting on Tuesday March 26 to look at how disadvantaged families in the city can be better supported and how services can be developed to reduce loneliness and isolation, particularly among older people.

Over 160 delegates from the public, voluntary, community, faith and private sectors are expected to attend the event at The Priory Rooms, which is being held as part of Giving Hope Changing Lives, Birmingham's social inclusion process.

Last year, the process undertook research and held conversations with hundreds of organisations, groups and individuals from all walks of life across the city about how inequality and unfairness can be tackled in Birmingham.

The findings from the process were turned into seven commitments to social inclusion, which are to:

  • Support families and children out of poverty
  • Embrace super-diversity
  • Protect the most vulnerable
  • Connect people and place together
  • Create a city that values children and young people
  • Empower people to shape their neighbourhood
  • Address safety, isolation and loneliness

The final recommendations from the process that underpin the commitments have now been approved by the city council's Cabinet and tomorrow the Bishop will be calling for partners to help turn these recommendations into action.

The Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, said: “Against the backdrop of difficult economic times, globally, nationally and locally, we have to examine what our priorities are, how we use the resources we have and put the difficulties facing the most vulnerable people in our city at the forefront of decision-making.

“Changes are inevitable, but should be made with care and I am very concerned that we keep focusing on the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Giving Hope Changing Lives is about gaining a better understanding of the causes and effects of social exclusion and what works in tackling these issues, so that we are able to provide the support and services that are needed to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged individuals and families in our city.”

Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for social inclusion and equalities, Birmingham City Council, added: “The aim of the Social Inclusion Process is to make Birmingham a fairer, more equal place and to give everyone the chance to fulfil their potential and take part in the life of the city.

“The city council's Cabinet has approved the final recommendations from the process and the work of turning the recommendations into action has begun.

“But as a city council, we can't do this on our own. We will only deliver a fairer city and tackle deeply rooted inequalities by working in partnership - with the public sector, with business, with voluntary organisations, faith networks and most importantly, with communities themselves.”

Ends

Notes to editors:

The city's strategic partnerships team brings together partners from the business, community, voluntary, faith and public sectors to deliver a better quality of life in Birmingham.

The Social Inclusion Process White Paper, Making Birmingham an Inclusive City, can be downloaded from www.fairbrum.wordpress.com.

Media are welcome to attend the summit. For more information, contact Sue Smith, Senior Partnership Officer, by phone on 0121 675 3624 (office), 07816 788663 (mobile) or email sue.p.smith@birmingham.gov.uk.

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