The Mayor of London has launched the capital's first social integration strategy.
Aimed at reducing isolation and segregation, Sadiq Khan pledged to bring back shared community spaces that all walks of life can enjoy
One element of the plan is the London Family Fund, investing £600,000 into inclusive groups, such as MumSpace in Camberwell, where the announcement was made.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said:
“Social integration is an issue for all of us – because it benefits all of us. It goes to the heart of who we are – how we treat each other and what kind of city we want London to be in the future. To achieve a truly integrated society, we must face up to some of the changes that have shaped our city.
“I am proud that London is one of the most diverse and progressive cities in the world. But our communities are changing rapidly, inequality across the capital is increasing – in these unsettling times our sense of social cohesion is being put to the test like never before.
“I strongly believe that we can tackle the barriers to social integration and the inequalities which divide people. We can ensure that all Londoners can become active citizens, participating fully in the life of the best city in the world.”
Other action of the integration plan includes:
Incentivising volunteering, particularly amongst young Londoners. A new reward and recognition scheme and working with the National Citizens Service Trust to evolve its programme to suit the needs of young Londoners.
Using sport to build relationships between different communities in the capital. Working with organisations such as Sports Relief and London Sport to promote respect and justice.
Addressing the under-representation of Londoners from different groups in key industries. Launching the Workforce Integration Network (WIN) which will build a partnership of employers and peer ambassadors, starting with a focus on young black men who have among the highest unemployment rates in London.