Inclusive Cities currently supports 6 UK cities* and their local partners to achieve a step-change in their approach towards integration of newcomers in the city. Drawing on ideas and experience from within Europe and innovative approaches from cities in the United States, it aims to support development of an approach which is:
The project is a knowledge exchange initiative which allows the cities to reflect upon and develop their thinking in a number of ways:
*The five participating cities are Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Peterborough. London is participating in some aspects of the project as an associate member. The project is currently recruiting further cities for the second phase of the project.
The project is a knowledge exchange initiative and this informs its structure and design. The project is facilitated by a dedicated researcher to both support the cities to reflect upon and provide feedback on their practice and to provide the relevant data, theory and practical examples of best practice from elsewhere. The project further includes a partnership and learning visit with Welcoming International to draw inspiration from their experiences in US cities (in phase 1) and European Cities (in phase 2.)
This is a city led initiative and the project facilitates peer learning between the five cities, with the project providing the space for meaningful sharing of best practice and feedback between the partners. Each city has lead on the development of a new narrative on inclusion and an action plan to deliver tangible outcomes over the course of the project.
Based on learning from previous GEM projects as to the most effective way to ensure traction for the project within a local authority context, each city nominates two people who actively engage in the project on behalf of the city:
Each city has appointed a Taskforce of local stakeholders who can advise and endorse the action plan, and act as champions to drive forward delivery in their own sectors. Membership is entirely led by the city and tailored to its requirements but is likely to include significant local employers, relevant public sector agencies, voluntary and community sector, arts and leisure organisations.
In the first phase the cities met three times over the two years as well as a five day learning visit to the United States in May 2018 alongside regular meetings and input from the project manager and specialist workshops where appropriate.The first of the City Working Group meetings took place in Glasgow in October 2017, the second in Liverpool in October 2018 and the final meeting of phase one of the project took place in Bristol in March 2019.
The second phase of the Inclusive Cities programme began in June 2019 and will formally launch at its first convening in October 2019.