We use the term defined by the Local Government Association (LGA) in two guides written in 2002 and 2004 respectively:

“A cohesive community is one where:

•there is a common vision and a sense of belonging for all communities;

•the diversity of people’s different backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued;

•those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities; and

•strong and positive relationships are being developed between people from different backgrounds and circumstances in the workplace, in schools and within neighbourhoods.”

Source: ‘Guidance on community cohesion’ (LGA, Dec 2002) and ‘Community cohesion – an action guide’ (LGA, 2004). More detailed information, can be found at The Centre for Social Relations in Coventry website by clicking here.