Our aim is to ensure Peterborough is a welcoming, safe and healthy place where everyone, no matter their background, can have access to the same opportunities.
In 2018 Peterborough became one of the government funded integration areas, along with four other local authorities - Walsall, Bradford, Waltham Forest, and Blackburn with Darwen. Integration areas are places with diverse communities that understand their local challenges and have a desire to try new things.
We are currently having a conversation in Peterborough about our communities and future.
We are discussing the following four themes:
- Increasing Economic Opportunity - with partners in the business community and DWP we will improve economic opportunities. For example we will:
- Increase the number of employers signed up to the national Disability Confident Scheme
- Help people into work by offering English language classes for those who need it
- Develop a programme of career fairs with leading local employers
- Help people develop new skills through volunteering
- Enable parents to take advantage of employment opportunities by raising awareness of free or affordable childcare.
- Deliver a Communities Fund - to enable communities to bid for funds to support local initiatives that bring people together
- Develop a New Communities Strategy to ensure new developments support the creation of strong communities
- Manage and control numbers of Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)
- Create a local approach to governance so that community organisations can come together to deliver shared aims
- Develop a community asset based approach with ‘local connectors’ who can identify and build on the existing strengths within their communities.
- Launch a ‘time credits’ initiative improving opportunities through volunteering, and to enable better access to leisure and cultural activities.
- Develop community and faith champions to tackle Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) - supporting victims, raising awareness and improving reporting
- Undertake a youth survey to better understand integration issues in education settings
- Strengthen the role of the Youth Council and the Children in Care Council to enable them to influence policy impacting integration
- Develop a ‘prepare for life’ curriculum offering support for navigating challenges when young people leave home
- Build on the National Citizen Service to support and enable young people to see themselves as a citizen of Peterborough
- Establish a Young People’s Interfaith network
Find out more about the Government's Green Paper on Integration.
Peterborough City Council is also one of six cities also taking part in the Inclusive Cities programme, which is being led by Compas (Centre on Migration Policy and Society). The other cities are Glasgow, Cardiff, Liverpool, Bristol and London.
The programme is providing an opportunity to share learning and understanding about how cities in the UK and the USA experiencing significant population change as a result of inward migration, develop inclusive and welcoming communities.
Every year Peterborough holds various community events from Diwali festivals to the Christmas lights switch on.