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We Live as One - Kingstanding Community Day

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Kingstanding, Birmingham, UK

The Community Engagement Team supported We live as One event in response to local community leaders request for support of the local area.

Kingstanding is situated within 3 miles of major Games venue, Alexander stadium and an area of historic high deprivation and antisocial behaviour.

The event was organised in the wake of impending trial and sentencing of tragic murdered teenager Dea-John Reid, recorded as a racially motivated crime. In the lead up to the event, Kingstanding community experienced a largely publicised gas explosion which had heavily impacted the local community, therefore expressed need for the event was high and both incidents proved a need for bringing communities together.

The team were approached by BBC Radio WM producers to help publicise the event and arranged for Bishop Jaddoo to have an interview on Friday 1st July to promote activities and garner support.

The concept was based on the World CAFE experience in terms of bringing communities together and developing cohesion which is desperately needed in the Kingstanding area.

Aims and Objectives

1. The establishment of "We Live As One"
2. Empower the local community through the local clergy who will lead on understanding and embracing the ever-changing demographics in Kingstanding.
3. The development of Great you’re a great event between the authorities and the local Kingstanding community.
4. To tackle the issue of race and intergenerational disaffection through educational dialogue.
5. The development of community cohesion and strategies through two-way dialogue.
6. The establishment of an overall strategic plan for change in Kingstanding in terms of identifiable areas of concern with short-term 12 months, midterm 5 year and long-term ten-year plans.

In addition, volunteers were recruited to assist in the organising of the event and encouraging engagement and participation

An afternoon of family events, fun for children and also dialogue through workshops.

These will be held indoor at the Kingstanding Inn with a series workshops focussing on 7 areas with facilitators.

The thematic areas will be:
1. What are the issues in Kingstanding?
2. What is the outlook for Young People?
3. What needs Improving in Kingstanding?
4. How do you live with your neighbours?
5. Do you feel a part of the Community?
6. Do you trust the Authorities?
7. How important is faith in your life?


1. Commonwealth sports
2. DJ throughout the event
3. Speakers and local contributions with a focus on young people.
4. Health and wellbeing, neighbourhood services Stalls
5. Provisions of food at no cost that reflected the local cultures: English, Caribbean & Asian.

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Stakeholder Partners

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Social Coaches/Facilitators

Legacy Development Goals

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SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communitie

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SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

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SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals




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