COMMUNITY COHESION

Building an inclusive future

Community Cohesion is a boutique consultancy specialising in co-designed projects which strengthen linkages between ‘hard-to-reach’ culturally diverse communities, governments, institutions, agencies and the emergency services.

What we do

Situational analysis

We help community sector organisations to understand their environment, identify the challenges, define their mission and objectives and develop strategies.

CALD community engagement

We partner with communities, government agencies and emergency services to design and deliver activities which boost social inclusion, social capital and social mobility.

Event management

We believe events can play a significant role in society – showcasing and shaping communities, cultures, organisations and faiths.

Group facilitation and training

We specialise in group engagement and training in cross-culture collaboration for frontline staff, government, law enforcement, education and humanitarian agencies.

Social research & policy

We work alongside government and community organisations in the intricate process of finding pragmatic solutions to complex issues within social inclusion, multiculturalism, harmony and diversity.

Capacity building

For many years we have successfully helped community organisations, social enterprises and non-profits to become more self-reliant by developing their skills, improving their decision-making and by assisting their grant applications.

Civic participation

Given a voice, disadvantaged and marginalised groups can bring about positive change in society. We can provide the education and support needed to overcome the barriers to inclusion and identify effective ways to participate in decision-making as members of the Australian community.

Social emergency preparedness planning

We are uniquely positioned to help bridge the gaps between the emergency services, government and vulnerable and diverse communities. We will partner with you in social emergency response planning, community education campaigns and cultural sensitivity training. 

Our key values

SOCIAL INCLUSION | SOCIAL CAPITAL | SOCIAL MOBILITY

“A cohesive society is one where people are protected against life risks, trust their neighbours and the institutions of the state and can work towards a better future for themselves and their families. Fostering social cohesion is about striving for greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility. It is the glue that holds society together.

“This cohesion is built around three key values: social inclusion, social capital and social mobility. Social inclusion refers to the degree to which all citizens can participate on equal footing in the economic, social and political life, including whether people are protected in times of need. Social capital refers to trust between people and in institutions and the sense of belonging to a society. Social mobility refers to equality of opportunity to get ahead.”

(United Nations 2012)

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“Aziz was instrumental in bringing together over thirty different local faith leaders to explore and establish the Hobsons Bay Interfaith Network. Following this work, he is still greatly respected by faith leaders across Hobsons Bay and Hobsons Bay City Council today and is often invited back to participate in the Network’s activities and events.”

Amber Cassidy, Community Development Officer, Hobsons Bay City Council. 2018

“Aziz’s contributions were invaluable as we engaged with survivors to determine their needs and find practical solutions for them”.

Abdul-Latif, Islamic Centre for Education and Development (ICED Indonesia) Aceh Relief Co-ordinator. 2005. This relates to time spent in north-western Sumatra after the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean Tsunami, assisting an NGO to conduct impact assessments and establish micro-finance options for survivors.

SOME OF OUR CLIENTS AND PARTNERS

Community Cohesion acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories, knowledge and their continuing connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and their Elders past, present and emerging, on whose unceded lands we conduct our business.