Up Our Street joined representatives from the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and other stakeholder groups at St Pauls Learning Centre on 3 April for the launch of the Everyday Integration Database. The database was created by the University of Bristol in partnership with Up Our Street and other community organisations to collect learning about what does and doesn’t work to bring together people from different backgrounds and geographical areas to build a more open, inclusive city.
At the launch event, participants discussed new ways of talking about integration that move beyond national policy and the current focus on immigrants and refugees. The project looks to shift the focus instead to a more citywide approach that removes barriers and enables freer movement between groups and neighbourhoods in Bristol with the aim of creating more opportunities for meaningful social exchange and a shared sense of belonging and opportunity.
Experiences and insights from residents of Easton and Lawrence Hill were reflected in the database through findings from the Up Our Street Wellbeing report, discussions and feedback from events like the Festival of Solutions and Mayoral Question Time, and other research projects and programmes the community has taken part in with Up Our Street and local organisations.
If you’d like to find out more about the database and the Everyday Integration project, email email@example.com.
Image: participants at Festival of Solutions 2018: Being Bristolian