COIN Integration Conference and Launch- Thursday 10th October 2019


Join us at COIN’s first Integration Conference and Launch: Leading on Integration


You are invited to join us at COIN’s first Integration Conference: Leading on Integration and then afterwards when the Minister for Communities and Faith, Viscount Younger of Leckie will formally launch the network.

This event will take place on Thursday 10th October 2019 in Manchester. The conference taking place between 1:00pm-5:40pm and the evening Launch, 6:00pm-8:00pm.

COIN Integration Conference: Leading on Integration

At the Cohesion and Integration Network our vision is a more integrated and less divided society. In these uncertain times leadership which develops connections and strengthens resilience, inclusion and a sense of belonging is more important than ever.

The COIN conference will focus on Leading on Integration. We’ll hear from peers at the frontline of leadership on integration on four key themes: Improving Places, Developing People, Measuring and Developing What Works, and Inspiring Integration through Arts and Sports.

Join us for a stimulating and inspiring afternoon of peer sharing and learning, bringing together knowledge and insight from some of the key players and experts on cohesion and integration.

Keynote speakers for plenaries include:

Professor Ted Cantle, Chair of the board of Trustees of the Cohesion and Integration Network

Penny Hobman, Deputy Head of Integration Unit, MHCLG will be sharing the learning from the Integrated Communities Strategy and Action Plan

Shalni Arora, CEO of the Savannah Wisdom Foundation will reflect on the role of the private sector in promoting and encouraging integration and cohesion

Jill Rutter, Director of Strategy and Relationships for British Future will be outlining plans for the ‘Together Coalition’

Other keynote speakers are being confirmed

As well as two plenary sessions, we’re running two breakout sessions over the afternoon offering delegates the chance to think about the same topic in different ways, depending on how you like to learn (interactive workshops, panel debates and facilitated round-table discussions). Delegates can attend two breakout sessions. Themes for Breakout Sessions are outlined below with details of each session. We are still confirming speakers so keep checking back for updates.

Improving Places:

Local demographics, politics, geography, transport, housing and education all shape and influence how cohesive a local place is. These sessions will bring together those involved in local place building to share their learning about developing more cohesive, resilient and strong local places.

Session 1: We hear from two of the Integration Areas on the challenges and successes of implementing a place-based approach.

Confirmed speakers:

Zahra Niazi, Integration Lead for Bradford City Council

Rebecca Ramsay, Social Integration Programme Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Council

Session 2: Community led approaches involving education and the third sector have a vital role to play in improving integration and cohesion in local places. We will hear from three ground breaking and innovative projects that are leading change at a local level.

Confirmed speakers:

Alison Taylor, Waterhead Academy in Oldham

Panni Loh, Lead at Cohesion Sheffield

Carol Gilchrist, Head of Communities, Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council


Developing People:

How can we talk to each other about the contentious issues between and within groups and communities without harming the underlying social fabric that knits us all together? We need practitioners who can embrace complexity and nuance and tackle hot topics with skill and confidence. These two sessions will feature the work of organisations that are taking the lead in developing skills and capacity to lead change.

Session 1:

The team from the Peace Foundation will be sharing their Community Action for Peace programme an innovative approach to dealing with contentious community issues through dialogue via an interactive and participatory session.

Confirmed Speakers:

Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation

Session 2:

Communications is a key aspect of preventing hate and tackling hot topics. We will hear about the latest research on framing your communications for different audiences and share innovative approaches to tackling rumours and prejudice.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jill Rutter, British Future, on Tackling Hatred and Prejudice

Dani de Torres, Anti Rumour Campaign, Barcelona, on a successful approach which has now been emulated across Europe

Further speaker to be confirmed


Measuring and Developing What Works

There is some good evidence now of the benefits of ‘social mixing’ or meaningful interaction (sometimes called contact theory) for reducing prejudice and promoting empathy. Sustained meaningful contact across difference is a powerful way of reducing prejudice and promoting integration. But we still don’t know enough about what works, and how to scale and replicate initiatives that work in one place to work in another.

Session 1

The Challenge is a social integration charity that encourages social mixing through its programmes and has developed design principles that can be applied to support the development of programmes for social mixing. This interactive workshop will take delegates through their design principles. You are requested to bring an example programme to work on.

Confirmed workshop leader:

Jamiesha Majadevi, The Challenge

Session 2

In this panel discussion we will hear from the researchers and experts who have developed outcome and measurement frameworks for the Home Office Indicators of Integration and for the five Integration Areas. They will take you through the practical application of the frameworks they have developed.

Confirmed speakers:

Maria O Beirne, senior researcher MHCLG

Professor Jenny Phillimore – lead researcher and author of Indicators of Integration published by Home Office June 2019


Inspiring Integration through Arts and Sports.

Integration is a task for the imagination. The arts, sports and cultural activities play a vital role in building bridges and understanding across difference. In these two sessions we will hear from organisations who are using sports and arts activities to strengthen social integration and cohesion.

Session 1

This session will focus on the role of sport in strengthening good relations across difference. We will hear from two programmes who design in for integration in their sports programmes with schools, communities and young people.

Confirmed Speaker: Julie Robbins, Youth Sports Trust

Further speaker to be confirmed

Session 2

This session will focus on the role of the arts in strengthening good relations across difference:

Confirmed speakers:

Yousiff Meah from Luton Tigers on the use of theatre and movement to break down barriers

Rebecca Friel from Odd Arts on the Manchester RadEqual supported initiative ‘Blame and Belonging’

Further speaker to be confirmed


To register for the conference please email

We are making a small charge for the conference to help cover costs, however if you are a Standard or Advanced member of the network you are entitled to one free place. Email and we will forward you a promo voucher to register.


Otherwise costs are as follows:

Early Bird discount: £40

Full cost: £60


We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring and stimulating day!