British Future is proud to be a founding member of /Together, a new coalition that everyone is invited to join. It aims to bring people together and bridge divides, to help build a kinder, closer and more connected society.
/Together launched on 5 July 2020, partnering with the NHS on its birthday to bring over 13 million people together in a moment of connection with neighbours and thanks to all those who are helping us get through these difficult times.
The initiative evolved from conversations across civil society, faith, media, sport and culture into a campaign to heal social divides. A Steering Group, chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, includes a range of organisations and individuals from the NHS and ITV to the Scouts, Guides, the British Paralympic Association, trade unions and the CBI.
To inform /Together’s work, British Future conducted Talk/together, the UK’s biggest-ever conversation about what unites and divides us and what could bring us closer together. Nearly 160,000 people took part and the findings were published in the report ‘Our chance to reconnect‘.
For more information see www.together.org.uk
British Future is working with students at two secondary schools, in Rochdale and east London, to uncover family histories of black and Asian soldiers in the Second World War and what this means today.
The final report from the UK’s biggest-ever public survey of what unites and divides us – and what could bring us together as we emerge from the Covid Crisis – finds a society that pulled together, not apart, in response to the pandemic.
Statues and social media were among the key themes raised in Talk/together discussions across the South West of England, writes Jake Puddle.
Jill Rutter reports from our discussions in Scotland as part of the Talk/together project.
Unemployment and integration were top of mind throughout our talk/together discussions with people in the West Midlands, writes Jake Puddle.
New research for Talk/together finds that people value community, neighbours and friends – as well, of course, as the NHS – for helping them through Covid.
Jill Rutter reports from our Talk/together discussions in the North-east of England, where worries about jobs and the economy and distrust of politicians were tempered by community spirit and lockdown stoicism.
COVID-19, food poverty, Brexit and housing were central themes of Talk/together discussions across the East of England, writes Jake Puddle.
Nuanced and balanced Talk/together conversations in the South-East show the value of engaging people in discussions about ‘difficult’ subjects, writes Jill Rutter.