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/Together

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.

At the end of July we launched Talk/together, the UK’s biggest-ever conversation about what unites and divides us and what could bring us closer together. Coordinated by British Future, Talk/together comprises:

A final report will be published early in 2021, sharing our findings and launching the next phase of /Together’s work. This will shape the next stages of the campaign, from the participatory events people want to see more of, to policy changes needed to achieve /together’s aims.

For more information see www.together.org.uk

Employment fears and hopes for integration: Talk/together in the West Midlands

Employment fears and hopes for integration: Talk/together in the West Midlands Date: 27 November 2020

Unemployment and integration were top of mind throughout our talk/together discussions with people in the West Midlands, writes Jake Puddle.

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Community, friends and neighbours helping us get through Covid, finds Talk/together

Community, friends and neighbours helping us get through Covid, finds Talk/together Date: 20 November 2020

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.

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Community spirit versus economic worries and damaged political trust: Talk/together in the North-east

Community spirit versus economic worries and damaged political trust: Talk/together in the North-east Date: 19 November 2020

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.

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Talk/together discusses Brexit, food poverty and housing divides in the East of England

Talk/together discusses Brexit, food poverty and housing divides in the East of England Date: 9 November 2020

COVID-19, food poverty, Brexit and housing were central themes of Talk/together discussions across the East of England, writes Jake Puddle.

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Rashford and refugees discussed as South-East Talks Together

Rashford and refugees discussed as South-East Talks Together Date: 4 November 2020

Nuanced and balanced Talk/together conversations in the South-East show the value of engaging people in discussions about ‘difficult’ subjects, writes Jill Rutter.

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MPs, veterans and public support ‘Remember Together’ call for greater recognition of black and Asian WW2 service

MPs, veterans and public support ‘Remember Together’ call for greater recognition of black and Asian WW2 service Date: 29 October 2020

Commemorating Britain’s history can unite our society, according to the new ‘Remember Together’ initiative, launched in an open letter signed by prominent voices from culture, politics, faith, civil society and the military.

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Talk/together hears of divisions and solutions in Northern Ireland

Talk/together hears of divisions and solutions in Northern Ireland Date: 16 October 2020

Sectarian politics, Brexit uncertainty, COVID-19 and economic worries dominated Talk/Together discussions in Northern Ireland.

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Talk/together: Londoners seek to harness new community connections

Talk/together: Londoners seek to harness new community connections Date: 15 October 2020

Londoners remained downbeat about Brexit divides while speaking fondly of a new sense of neighbourliness prompted by the Covid crisis, in our latest Talk/together discussions in the capital.

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Covid divisions top of mind in Yorkshire

Covid divisions top of mind in Yorkshire Date: 15 October 2020

In our first blog from the public and stakeholder conversations taking pace around the country for the Talk/together project, Jill Rutter says COVID-19 still dominates discussion of connection and division in local communities.

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