British Muslim Heritage Centre

People of Manchester discuss how to prevent violent extremism

April 9, 2014 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace facilitated a community dialogue event in Manchester (Tuesday 8 April 2014) working in association with Manchester City Council and the Manchester Community Safety Partnership (MCSP).

The event offered people living, working or studying in the city an opportunity to meet with key decision makers from Government and across Greater Manchester.

The event was a chance to share and discuss the challenges, priorities and opportunities for delivering the preventing violent extremism programme in Manchester.


PREVENT – the big question

The event took place at the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Whalley Range, Manchester and was over subscribed and attended by 100 people.

The panel, independently chaired by the Foundation for Peace, was made up of representatives from Government, city Police Commissioners, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and local communities. The panel included the following members:

Councillor Bernard Priest Deputy Leader Manchester City Council

Jim Battle Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester

Yasmine Dar Community on Solid Ground

Steven Heywood Assistant Chief Constable: Greater Manchester Police

Fiona Worrall Head of Neighnourhood Delivery: Manchester City Council

Yusuf Tai Greater Manchester Community Safety Forum

David Wells Regional Prevent Co-Ordinator: North West Counter Terrorism Unit

The event is the beginning of a consultation with written reports and further panellist input to come.  The event will also be followed by a further workshop, facilitated by the Foundation, to discuss the outcomes and opportunities to work together on Prevent over the next 12 months.

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The British Muslim Heritage Centre is based in Whalley Range, Manchester. It’s aspiration is to celebrate Islam’s rich and diverse heritage, inspiring all communities to embrace diversity and be instrumental in the shaping of a cohesive society. This includes Muslim history, people and contribution to human civilisation.

The Community Safety Partnership is a statutory collective formed under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The statutory partnership consists of the Police, Local Authority, Fire and Rescue and Probabtion services who have a duty to work together to reduce crime and anti social behaviour in their areas. The wider partnership consists of a Registered Housing Providers and some voluntary organisations among others who all play their part in addressing crime. The Performance Board that governs the partnership is made up of senior reps from the statutory agencies.