The We Stand Together charity promotes the three main aims of the campaign:
1. To celebrate our differences
2. To fight hatred and intolerance
3. To build a safer and stronger country
We are committed to promoting community cohesion but will not shy away from difficult issues.
Sir Peter Fahy, our Chair of Trustees, says: “We cannot just ignore those issues which can cause division and suspicion. We have to create the opportunities for those issues such as gay rights or the wearing of the Hijab to be debated but in a spirit of mutual respect.
“While there are important differences and disagreements, what unites all the people of Greater Manchester is much stronger than what divides us. I believe we are an example to the rest of the world of how people from a huge diversity of backgrounds can live peacefully together.”
The Trustee Board includes diverse representation from across the community including former Lord Mayor, Carl Austin-Behan, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Dr Erinma Bell, Chief Inspector of Greater Manchester Police, Umer Khan and several further local leaders.
Our Steering Group Co-Chairs are Qaisra Shahraz, the current Co-Chair of FN4M who recently topped a list of the 50 Most Influential Women In Manchester, and Kate Maggs, Chief Executive of Better Things, the independent charity working with people with learning disabilities.
Our part-time Director of Operations is Jonny Wineberg, former Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester (FN4M) and the Muslim Jewish Forum. Jonny says: “The Steering Group is where the work of #WeStandTogether is fomented and includes the #YouthStandTogether initiative. We have had many successful events already and we have many amazing people coming forward to continue the positive work that is so needed across Britain.”
The setting up of the charity was celebrated at a gathering of supporters at KPMG’s offices in St Peter’s Square on November 27 2018.
Sir Peter said: “After the Paris attack Muslim and Jewish communities in Manchester felt very vulnerable and asked me for more armed protection. I felt it would be better if they came together with other communities to say extremists will not have their way.”
He said the We Stand Together spirit was particularly evident after the Manchester Arena attack and symbolised the unity of local people and the refusal to be divided by extremists. There have been a host of community events under the campaign and the hashtag has been used at national events such as football internationals at Wembley.
“The M.E.N. is emphasising the need to teach children about peaceful living and to encourage all Mancunians to perform simple acts of kindness. These fit well with the charity’s aims to celebrate our cultural differences and also to not shirk from the difficult questions we need to answer.”
Contact for further information
Jonny Wineberg: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07930 534422