Merton Partnership and Community Cohesion

Merton Council has adopted a strong partnership approach in the planning, consultation, delivery and promotion of services in the borough. Working with all the key partners from the community, voluntary, statutory and private sectors in developing the Community Plan and agreeing local strategies for long-term development.

Merton Council has worked with Merton Partnership and launched the Community Cohesion Charter and Community Cohesion Strategy and Action Plan in 2006.

Merton Council believes the involvement of local people is one of the keys to a cohesive community and our work with faith groups and other community groups is of great importance.

Merton Council have supported, and been involved in creating many community partnerships like the Merton Unity Network, Merton Racial Equality Partnership, Community Engagement Network and the Interfaith Forum.

All these partnerships have helped to ensure that residents’ views and needs are heard and responded to and feed into Merton Council local area agreements and business plans. Merton Council values the work and contribution of all the partners and work hard at promoting an inclusive community culture.

Merton Council’s, Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Community Safety, Councillor David Simpson, said:

“Community Engagement and partnership working must be at the heart of any work we undertake as part of the Merton Partnership. Every member of the partnership brings a valuable contribution to the partnership, which will enable all of us to work more effectively and more efficiently for the community we represent as a whole”.