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Community cohesion

We aim to create a borough that provides fairness for all, growth and sustainability, and strong communities. We are striving for a borough that people can identify with, that they feel proud of and where they are valued. Our strategic partners share our commitment to:

  • tackle inequalities so that all residents have the same life opportunities
  • make sure people know and understand their rights and responsibilities
  • encourage people to respect one another

We believe we can help deliver these commitments and create community cohesion by:

  • providing opportunities for people to play an active part in community life
  • providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together
  • providing community leadership
  • celebrating diversity
  • promoting equality

We arrange many regular activities that help us deliver our commitments. You can read more about them on this page.

The first Black History event took place in America in 1926. It was held in February as it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker).

Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in October 1987. This was led by Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo (special projects officer for the Greater London Council). Akyaaba chose October to celebrate the event in the UK, as this is when African chiefs and leaders gather to settle their differences. It also links with the new academic year and hopes to raise students’ confidence and give them a sense of pride.

Black History Month aims to:

  • promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage
  • celebrate positive contributions of black people to British society
  • increase black people’s confidence in and awareness of their cultural heritage

We proudly support and commemorate Black History Month and are happy to announce this year’s events. We have events in both October 2019 and February 2020.

October 2019 events

There will be a programme of events at Enfield libraries, the Millfield Theatre and Dugdale Centre to celebrate the contribution black people have made to the borough and the United Kingdom throughout the years. This year’s focus is on empowering our younger generation.

You have the chance to join the Mayor of Enfield who is hosting an evening of networking, empowerment, meditation, entertainment and refreshments at the Civic Centre on 28 October 2019. To book tickets, visit Eventbrite.

We are also supporting the Enfield Racial Equality Council, Make It Happen Organisation and Enfield Caribbean Association to provide talks, performance poetry, readings, music, networking and film showings at Odeon Luxe Lee Valley. You can book most of these talks and performances by visiting Eventbrite.

For more information, view our brochure of events (PDF) or visit Black History Month.

February 2020 events

We are proud to support Enfield Caribbean Association to offer an evening of inspirational talks, stories, poetry, dance and music with stalls and a raffle. Guest speakers include Dr Mike Phillips, Dr Gifty Edila and Alex Wheatle. View the Black British Literature leaflet (PDF) for more information.

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth event started on Commonwealth Day 2014 and was immediately embraced as a new way to celebrate the diversity of the Commonwealth. It now happens every Commonwealth Day, which occurs on the second Monday in March.

The idea is for hundreds of Commonwealth flags to fly in a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, the values it upholds, and the opportunities it offers for friendship and cooperation between citizens around the world.

We celebrated the event in 2015 with some very special guests from the Prince of Wales Primary School in Enfield Lock. You can read more in our report of the event (PDF).

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War, we held a ceremony in the Memorial Garden in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green. This happened on 26 April 2015. You can read more in our report of the event (PDF).

Holocaust Memorial Day started in 2001 to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. It occurs every year on 27 January. It is a day of remembrance for everybody who suffered in the Holocaust and other genocides throughout the world.  

In Enfield, we encourage people of all ages and beliefs to join us to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Children and young people have performed songs and short plays, and read their own poetry, displaying a deep and lasting understanding of the Holocaust.

Guest survivors have told their stories and people who came here as children of the Kindertransport from 1938 to 1940 have shared their experiences.

You can read more about how we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Enfield in our report of 2015 events (PDF).

Wn the past we have teamed up with Enfield Women’s Centre to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). We organised a conference at the Dugdale Centre, with the aim of recognising the contribution that women make in all walks of life and based around the theme ‘Equality for Women is Progress for All’. The day not only called for local and international change, but also celebrated acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities.

IWD draws attention to the need for:

  • more women in business
  • equal pay with men in similar work
  • better representation in politics and public life