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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.

Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in 1987 and happens every October. It 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 with many events happening in Enfield every October.

We are pleased to endorse three inspirational events for Black History Month 2018, which have been organised by our voluntary and community sector partners:

For other events taking place see: 

If you have any comments about past events or suggestions for future events, email communities@enfield.gov.uk.

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).

We teamed up with Enfield Women’s Centre on 4 March 2015 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

You can read more in our report of the event (PDF).