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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 radicalisation and extremism 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 working together to address and prevent some of the factors that could lead individuals to engage in extremism. 

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

#1 CHALLENGE - Identifying and understanding the concerns and challenges across and within communities that could create divisions and tensions – not just the stats and research, but also the less obvious causes of tension, such as events and incidents and people's attitudes and behaviours.

#2 CONNECT- Connecting communities, groups and organisations, and building relationships to create a network of credible voices -– not just those who are new to the community, but also long-standing residents who are willing to come and make a difference together.

#3 CHAMPION - Championing Manchester’s radical reputation for campaigning for equality and inclusion and celebrating diversity – not just by focusing on what we have in common, but by preparing people for difficult debates, and asking the tough questions that help to build critical thinking and resilience in communities against all forms of extremism and safeguard those most vulnerable.

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 2020 - 21

RADEQUAL 2020-21 Grant funding is currently open for expressions of interest.

The focus of this round of Grant funding (2020-21) is 'Building Community Resilience to Hateful Extremism'.

If you are a Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) or not for profit organisation / group in Manchester and you are interested in responding to this theme we would welcome your expression of interest.

Please read the full RADEQUAL Grant expression of interest template before completing and submitting.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 5:00pm on Friday 7 February 2020.

For any queries regarding the expression of interest or how to submit please contact; Gemma Walsh, Community Safety Delivery Officer, on Telephone: 0161 234 3923 or Email : 

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!

The next RADEQUAL  Network is scheduled to take place on:

Date:           Wednesday 29 January 2020

Time:           6.00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue:         Ziferblat, 1st Floor, 23 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HW

 This interactive session looking at the power of story telling in relation to identity and experiences will be facilitated by Love for The Streets, a social change company

For this creative session could we ask you to please try to bring with you:

1. a media article that you have read and felt that it misrepresented your identity

2. some newspapers/magazines that you use in your lives (that you do not mind being cut up and used in a craft activity!!)

If you would like to speak to someone about the Network please contact Gemma Walsh on 0161 234 3923 or email if you would like to attend the above meeting, please book on 

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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