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The Rethinking Radicalisation programme of community engagement started back in 2015 and recognised the challenges faced today relating to our collective understanding of prejudice, hate and extremism (including global events and incidents) are far too complex for laws and powers to provide the sole solutions. It recognised that there are a range of factors that come together and play out in communities and neighbourhoods, which if tackled earlier would improve the lives of residents and increase opportunities for people to contribute towards how we build a safer and more resilient Manchester.

RADEQUAL is aimed at getting into communities and neighbourhoods early, having honest and often difficult conversations and then problem solving to proactively work together to prevent some of the drivers escalating into community tensions, conflict and in some cases criminal activity.

RADEQUAL is Manchester’s campaign which has been co designed with communities to build community resilience and has three key principles referred to as the three C’s, which build on the Our Manchester approach:

The RADEQUAL Campaign describes the following three principles:


Identify and understand the concerns and challenges across and within communities that could create divisions and tensions (hate, prejudice and extremism):

o not just the stats and research, but also the less obvious causes of tension and the attitudes and behaviours that people believe and express that have the potential to lead to conflict or division


Connecting communities, groups and organisations and building relationships to a create network of credible voices:

o not just newcomers but also longstanding residents, coming together, making neighbourhoods and communities stronger. Not just face-to-face but online and via social media too.


Championing Manchester's radical reputation for campaigning for equality and inclusion and welcoming difference:

o not just by focusing on what we have in common, but by building people up to have the difficult debates and ask the tough questions that help us to find better alternatives and the right support and advice.

We encourage all our voluntary and community sector groups in Manchester to join other Mancunians from across the city and from all walks of life to help identify and tackle the challenges around prejudice, hate and extremism in Manchester, particularly after the devastating attack at the Manchester Arena.

RADEQUAL Grant Programme 2019 - 2020

Manchester City Council is piloting a new approach to delivering the RADEQUAL Grant over the next 12 months. This will include working with five organisations from across the city to test new models of working that:

  1. achieve greater impact against the objectives (3 Cs) of the RADEQUAL Campaign through existing programmes of work;

  1. adopt a neighbourhood focus and approach that starts to professionalise the activities and projects on offer and being delivered through the RADEQUAL campaign;

  1. support others in the sector including members of the RADEQUAL Community Network to build community resilience to the issues relating to prejudice, hate and extremism; and

  1. demonstrate innovation along with a proven track record and evidence of working against a set of agreed objectives, outcomes and spend profile.

The five groups who are part of the pilot are:

  1. Manchester BME Network (Community Cultural Connectors)
  2. Odd Arts
  3. Community On Solid Ground
  4. Manchester Young Lives
  5. Manchester Youth Zone

For further information about the activities and to see what has been delivered so far click the links above or contact  

RADEQUAL Community Network

A network of credible voices from across the voluntary and community sector known as RADEQUALisers.

Quarterly co-delivered community workshops with a focus on thinking creatively about what it means to be radical and RADEQUAL in Manchester.

Network meetings offer a platform for continued dialogue, building on work to date, shaping RADEQUAL grant funding and developing how we move forward post Rethinking Rad and Radical Dialogue findings and recommendations.

Keep the dialogue going and join the RADEQUAL Community Network!

If you would like to speak to someone about the Network please contact Gemma Walsh on 0161 234 3923 or email

Past Meetings:

26 March & 27 June 2019

The March meeting of the Network focused on far right extremism, looking at the recruitment techniques used, recognising symbols and developing counter narratives. The session was facilitated by a former extreme far right activist who is part of Small Steps ltd.

The session was so inspiring and relevant that Network members requested a further session to look more in depth at counter narratives and how to hold difficult conversations on this topic. This session will take place in June 2019 at the next Network Meeting.

For further information about Small Steps ltd and their training, mentoring and workshops please visit:

22 January 2019

The first meeting of the Network in 2019 showcased delivery of one of our 5 new VCS Partners, Oddarts, who delivered their latest theatre workshop entitled ‘Blame and Belonging'.

'Blame and Belonging' is the second performance created as Odd Art's programmes exploring vulnerability and radicalisation, developed from the successful tour of 'Isolation to Radicalisation'. 'Blame and Belonging' is designed to deconstruct and widen the narratives around pathways to extremism. The performance highlights internal and external factors that increase vulnerability and risk of being exploited. It aims to highlight the process of radicalisation: Underlying issues > Trigger > Quest for answers > Search for like-minded people. It also aims to show how radicalisation can reach a broader spectrum of people, in order to provoke them to become what’s often known as ‘self-radicalised’. The performance questions some of the stereotypes around who might become radicalised and asks people to look at the internal feelings of individuals, and where these might stem from, that could lead them to become a danger to others.

For further information about Oddarts please visit W: orYouTube Channel:

20 November 2018 

The RADEQUAL network meeting, which took place in November focused on providing an update to the network on a pilot RADEQUAL programme, which had been developed post the 'call out' for help back in October to all the RADEQUAL Network and others from across the VCS.

At the meeting, the Prevent and Community Cohesion Coordinator delivered a presentation providing an update of the impact of the RADEQUAL Campaign and grant programme to date and also introduced five VCS organisations who had come forward and had been helping to shape the pilot and it's delivery:

  • Manchester BME Network
  • Manchester Youth Zone
  • Maynchester Young Lives
  • Oddarts
  • Community on Solid Ground 

For further information about the pilot activities and for contact details for each of the identified leads from the five pilot VCS organisations click here or contact  - we are keen for network members to benefit from the activities and would encourage you to make contact.

25 September 2018

Septembers meeting of the RADEQUAL Community Network was facilitated by guest facilitators Families Against Stress and Trauma (FAST).

The session was about providing the network with an insight into one of the available Prevent projects that aims to help predominantly mothers but also others in the community to ‘Spot the Signs’ and vulnerabilities associated with radicalisation and extremism.  The workshop provided simple and practical guidance through exploring some real life cases and the group work allowed time to apply the learning.

For further information about FAST and the work they do, and for links to the videos used in the session please visit

To talk about any concerns that you might have about anyone vulnerable to being drawn into radicalisation and terrorism, please contact the Prevent Coordinator at Manchester City Council (Samiya Butt).  If your concern is of an immediate risk or harm, please call the police on 999 

10 July 2018

The July meeting of the network saw guest speakers from our RADEQUAL projects Loreto College, BME Network and Europia who shared the amazing work they have been doing over the last year as part of the RADEQUAL Grant Scheme. The reach of the projects and diversity of participants has been outstanding and after receiving such positive feedback from those attending the meeting on 10 July we will look at sharing the outcomes and findings of more RADEQUAL Projects in the future.

The Proud Trust also attended and facilitated an  energetic and extremely interesting workshop on their BAME LGBT+ allies project. The workshop  provided a safe space to have open and honest conversations about LGBT+ issues in the context of community cohesion.

10 May 2018

At the May meeting of the network we welcomed representatives from the Home Office as part of a series of Prevent community round tables across the country. The aims of the round table discussion were:

  • Awareness building of Prevent and it's delivery in Manchester
  • Hearing from the Home Office about national risks and threats
  • Open Q&A for community representatives

Manchester's round table discussion was well attended by a range of voluntary and statutory organisations. In total there were 35 attendees including representatives from local community forums, youth projects, mosques, city-wide faith networks, BME networks, and local schools. There was also representation from statutory bodies including Greater Manchester Police, the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups and Probation services.

Attendees saw presentations on the Council’s Prevent delivery by Samiya Butt, Manchester’s Prevent and Cohesion Coordinator, as well as the current Home Office picture of Prevent by Abu Ahmed, from the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism. They also had chance to experience a local Prevent project by participating in a workshop delivered by Oddarts Theatre Company, which looks at the issues of isolation and radicalisation through audience participation in forum theatre.

A panel of Council and Home Office representatives welcomed questions from participants, allowing community members to raise issues and concerns. Questions were centred around what institutions and organisations work with Prevent in Manchester, Channel referrals, causes of radicalisation and what steps to take to counter negative narratives on social media.

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