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Community cohesion in post pandemic Wales

April 23rd 2021 - Presented by: Kaya Davies Hayon Kaya Davies Hayon, Belong Fanny LaLot Dr Fanny Lalot, School of Psychology, University of Kent

While the pandemic has been first and foremost a public health issue, individuals and communities have also faced social and economic impacts.

Some migrant communities were already socially isolated prior to the pandemic, with few opportunities for social interaction.

In this webinar, the authors of the report Beyond Us and Them: policy and practice for strengthening social cohesion in local areas share their findings, including best practice examples and recommendations on ways to increase social cohesion at a local level – both during the COVID-19 pandemic and as communities begin to emerge and rebuild.

Some of the key topics covered include:

  • The consequences that rules on isolation and social distancing have had and their implications for cohesion in the future.
  • The importance of meaningful social contact in helping people from different communities get to know one another and integrate.
  • How we can ensure our communities live well together as we look towards recovery.

The Presenters:

Kaya Davies Hayon

Kaya Davies Hayon, Belong

As Research and Development Manager at Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network, Kaya holds responsibility for leading a number of the organisation’s research projects and for developing research outcomes. She is the project manager for Beyond Us and Them: Societal Cohesion in the Context of Covid-19, a research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and run in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent.

Fanny LaLot

Dr Fanny Lalot, School of Psychology, University of Kent

Fanny is a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes where she investigates moral behaviour in the broadest sense (e.g., pro-environmental, pro-social) in relation with motivational factors and group processes. Other research interests include human motivational systems, social influence and group processes, personality and perception of the future.

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