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Inclusive Communities

Ensuring growth benefits everyone, including vulnerable communities

The West Midlands is one of the most diverse regions in the country.

2.9 million people live across the region, and we know that: 51% are women, 45% do not identify as being from a White British background, 28% live in the top 10% most deprived areas, 22% are disabled and 21% are aged below 16 years.

That is why inclusion is so important.  Our aim is to make the West Midlands a fairer place, where no one gets left behind.

We do that by working with teams across the WMCA to make sure that inclusion sits at the heart of how we plan, decide and deliver our activity.  We also bring together a wide range of partners to find new ways to tackle the challenges that many of our communities face.

The portfolio aims to:

  • Design out homelessness
  • Address race inequality
  • Give young people a voice in decision making
  • Champion equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Improve community engagement
  • Develop approaches for social innovation.
Cllr Kerri Carmichael

Portfolio Holder

Cllr Kerrie Carmichael

Leader of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Ed Cox (BW)

Lead Officer

Ed Cox

Executive Director of Strategy, Integration and Net Zero

Inclusive Communities programmes

Impact Fitness Wrestling CWG Legacy Digital (1)

Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund

Find out more about the Inclusive Communities Fund

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WMCA Homelessness Taskforce

Find out about our Homelessness Taskforce

Listening Event

West Midlands Race Equalities Taskforce

Find out about our Race Equalities Taskforce

Young Combined Authority Mayor Meeting Digital

Young Combined Authority

Find out about our Young Combined Authority

The West Midlands Combined Authority Has Signed The Faith Covenant

Faith Strategic Partnership Group

Find out about the Faith Strategic Partnership Group

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Equity And Inclusion Scheme

Read our Equity and Inclusion Scheme

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Covid Keeps

Learnings lessons from lockdown

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Sport grants Funding

Commonwealth Games Legacy Sport-related grants for communities

The Challenge

Leadership Commission

Find out about our Leadership Commission

The team of SaFE Community Buddy Group volunteers.

Connecting Communities

Process Evaluation: Final Report