Webinar: Community, Connection and Cohesion during Covid-19

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a webinar on Friday 26th February, 2:30 – 3.45pm to discuss the findings from our latest report Community, Connection and Cohesion during COVID-19: Beyond Us and Them Report. The report, released on Tuesday 23rd February, explores the interim findings from our major research project Beyond Us and Them which investigates how social cohesion has been impacted during the Covid-19 pandemic.


During this webinar we will hear how investment in social cohesion has shaped pro-social actions including volunteering during Covid-19, and the individual psychological benefits felt by people volunteering to help others during the pandemic when compared to non-volunteers.

Lead investigator Professor Dominic Abrams, School of Group Processes at the University of Kent will be joined by chair Nizam Uddin OBE, Belong trustee and Chief Strategy Officer of algbra, a technology-based financial ecosystem dedicated to global financial inclusion by focusing on the underserved and underbanked plus other guests to discuss the report’s main findings and its influence on their work.

The following guest panelists will then respond to the findings:

Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar

Rabnawaz Akbar is Executive Member for Neighbourhoods aManchester City Council, and Labour Member for Rusholme Ward. Manchester City Council is a founding member of the Belong Network.

Rebecca Ramsay

Rebecca Ramsay is Social Integration Programme Manager for Blackburn with Darwen Council and manager of the Our Community, Our Future project.

Sail Suleman

Sail Suleman is Cohesion and Equality Officer at Calderdale Council, where he focuses specifically on Hate Crime Reduction.

Thom Lovesey

Thom Lovesey is Head of Integration at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Read the full event details and book your place here.