A Community Conversation

By | 26th February 2016

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Women are at the heart of our communities.
By holding a community conversation with family and friends or within your wider community you can help prevent tragedies and protect young people from the threat of radicalisation.

During 2015, 56 women and girls were reported missing to the police by their families, all feared to have travelled to Syria. In an online survey conducted by national counter terrorism policing, two thirds of 11-25 year olds said they would be most likely to speak to their mother if they were worried about someone they knew being radicalised or considering travelling to a conflict zone.

What is a community conversation?
A community conversation is an opportunity to talk about radicalisation that leads to terrorism in an environment where you feel safe and free to talk openly and discuss these issues with the people you want to.

Why is having a community conversation important?
Confidence in communities improves safety and wellbeing. A community conversation is intended to raise awareness of the issues of radicalisation and travel to conflict zones in support of terrorist organisations. We want you to feel empowered to help us find solutions to keep communities safe.

Who can arrange a community conversation?
Anyone with internet access can host a community conversation. All the information you need to have a community conversation is on this website page. If someone wants to host a community conversation but doesn’t have internet access they can get help by contacting the named organisation on the postcard that led you here.

Where does a community conversation happen?
You can hold a community conversation at home with your friends and family or host one at an education establishment, community centre or any social gathering place. You can invite anyone you want to join in your conversation.

When should a community conversation happen and how often?
This website is frequently updated with new information. You can hold a community conversation at any time and as many as times as you like. Encourage others who attend your community conversation to have one of their own.

How do we know what to talk about?
We will provide you with some information on which to base your conversation. This includes three short films, each followed by two suggested questions for you to discuss. Your conversation could take you anywhere and our questions are just to help you get started.

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Continue The Community Conversation

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Please encourage others to have a community conversation by passing your postcard on to someone else. If you don’t have a postcard, one can be downloaded here. Different language versions of the postcard are available in Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, Turkish, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, and Sylheti.

If you have questions that you were unable to answer during your community conversation, or feel you have more you would like to contribute on this subject, then please contact the host organisation named on your postcard or your local police on 101.

Supporting Links
Please visit the Resources and the Useful Contacts pages to explore the websites of the charities and organisations linked to our pages. Please keep returning to our website as it is frequently updated with new resources, information and useful contacts.