Blackburn with Darwen is one of five national Integration Areas invited by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to work closely with them on innovative plans to address social integration. The borough was selected because of its strong track record for building bridges between diverse communities and its willingness to try new approaches.
MHCLG is funding a three year programme in Blackburn with Darwen that aims to boost the borough’s economic prosperity and build stronger, more integrated communities.
This work is an important priority for the Council and we have worked with a wide range of local partners to develop Blackburn with Darwen’s social integration programme – called Our Community, Our Future.
The Our Community, Our Future strategy sets out how these partners will work together to strengthen relationships between people from different backgrounds, to help the borough become a place where diversity is valued, and where people’s faith and cultures are understood and respected.
The strategy has three priorities for making our borough stronger:
- To increase economic prosperity for all the borough’s communities as an essential prerequisite for social integration
- To strengthen relationships between the borough’s diverse communities
- To build connections and strengthen relationships between young people who live in the borough’s diverse communities