Why we exist
Over the last fifty years, the UK has become much more diverse by age, ethnicity and income. But despite our growing diversity, many of us spend relatively little time with people from different walks of life. In 2014 and early 2015, we supported The Social Integration Commission, which explored how different groups of people relate to one another in modern Britain. We found that a lack of connectedness affects people from all backgrounds and reaches into every corner of our society.
We think this matters. We believe these divisions make it harder to understand how others tick, harder for those on lower incomes to build the networks they need to get good jobs, harder to stop prejudice from sneaking in, harder to feel at home in our neighbourhoods, harder to remain connected to the community around us as we get older, and harder to vote for the common good.
We also know that, when we do meet people who are different from us, we tend to enjoy it. That's why we work hard to bring people from different backgrounds together on our programmes, and in doing so, increase understanding and connection across our communities.