The Communities Programme was initiated in 2012 as the result of a strategic planning process in IofC after the London riot in 2011. Its intention was to address the moral and spiritual challenges facing communities and taking action to develop and mobilise communities to tackle critical issues.
Since then, the programme has grown with a diverse and active increase of network members and partners who are engaged in different fields: migration, refugees and asylum, intergenerational dialogue training, police, prison and gang and knife crime, trust building between local government and grassroots, interfaith dialogue, women leadership and economic training, and health and wellbeing,
Our team consists of local and international grassroots, faith leaders, local politicians, ordinary people, students, researchers, police, decision makers and civil society organisations who are committed to respond to IofC’s local and global tasks.
Together we inspire, equip and empower people towards a common vision for a better and more just world.
The programme inspires, equips and connects grassroot leaders, civil society organisations and decision makers across the UK and internationally through its platform and methodology, based on the principal that change starts within.
The programme focuses on IofC’s three strategic areas to create community cohesion:
Ethical Leadership, Sustainable Living, and Trust Building, all of which are central to IofC’s outreach. Our three clear aims are to:
We believe this programme has significant and ongoing impact in communities:
Please contact us if you would like to join the network. You can volunteer, make a donation, apply to training sessions, work in partnership, help with joint community bid writing, and share positive stories on your platforms. To find out more, contact the Head of Sustainable Communities Programme, Amina Khalid at Amina.Khalid@iofc.org.