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Knowing our communities

Cherwell is made up of residents from various communities and nationalities. They come from different backgrounds, cultures, traditions or religions. However they all have one thing in common, they found Cherwell a good place to live and work.

To understand local communities and to improve our community knowledge we organise a series of engagement events called "Knowing our Communities". The purpose of these events is to ensure that council officers have a better knowledge and understanding of local communities and issues affecting them. Sessions are run by individuals with first-hand experience or personally affected by the topics e.g. deafness, mental health problems or dementia. This page provides information about our local communities.

If you would like to get more information or have any questions or comments please use the contact details on the right.

Further information about communities will be published on a regular basis.

Offenders re-integration into local community Inmates face many challenges as they finish sentences and try to re-integrate within the community.

Military community Military community significantly contributes to local area and life.

Polish community From the 1 May 2004, when Poland alongside other countries joined the European Union, there has been a high influx of Polish migrants into the UK.

LGBT communities LGBT refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities

Living in the UK - Lifeguide Lifeguide is a publication which aims to help people who are new in Oxfordshire and the UK.

Islam religion Islam began in Arabia and was revealed to humanity by the prophet Muhammad. Those who follow Islam are called Muslims. Muslims believe that there is only one God.

Mental health One in four people in the UK has a mental health problem at some point, which can affect their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Deaf Community - Of Britain's 9 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing, about 250,000 people are profoundly deaf and use British Sign Language as their first or
preferred language. More information on right.

Census information

The 2011 Census results are currently being released and can tell us a great deal about the area and the people who live here. Information released to date covers a wide range of topics from the age of our residents, their ethnicity, religion, the qualifications they have, the number of hours they work, their general health and much more.

A number of profiles have been developed to highlight some of the key messages emerging from the 2011 Census. These are available to download by clicking on the links in the 'Downloads' section (right).

Data sets from the 2011 Census are provided for various geographical areas on the Neighbourhood Statistics website at

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