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Health and wellbeing

This report provides 10 key points that can be implemented to improve, increase the health and wellbeing of people and communities. See the link below for a copy of the report: https://media.nesta.org.uk/documents/realising-the-value-ten-key-actions-to-put-people-and-communities-at-the-heart-of-health-and-wellbeing_0.pdf   This is the final report in a ongoing series, the other 8 are listed below: Making the Change – A report on behavioural factors within person & community centered approaches to health & wellbeing. https://media.nesta.org.uk/documents/making_the_change.rtv_.pdf 2. At the Heart of Health – […]

Place based working

Building Collaborative Places: Infrastructure for System Change This report argues for the strengthening of ‘system infrastructure’ underpinning services to the public in a place. A great primer on place based working. Read it in full – from Collaborate. An opinion piece on place based working: The Neighborhood Is the Unit of Change, by David Brooks in the New York Times Also the Place Standard, a free tool to have conversations around a place. Check it out in this […]

Creating empowered and resilient communities

Carnegie UK, The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action and several other organisations have discussed the benefits of kindness in public policy and how this can translate into stronger and happier communities. Read the full reports: Resilient and empowered communities: A discussion paper: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/5724839/res_comm_disc_e.pdf Empowering communities: https://www.wcva.org.uk/media/6140277/wcva_empowering_communities_report_final.pdf The place of kindness: https://d1ssu070pg2v9i.cloudfront.net/pex/carnegie_uk_trust/2017/07/LOW-RES-3110-Kindness-Overcoming-Risk-Report.pdf Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy: https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/publications/kindness-emotions-and-human-relationships-the-blind-spot-in-public-policy/ Insights For A Better Way is a collection of stories, ideas and case studies […]

Tools for community engagement

Conversations about inclusive and sustainable communities: six practices for creative engagement O’Brien J and Towell D. (2011) The six practices presented in this guide offer practitioners helpful insights into how to begin conversations with citizens that develop mutual understanding and a shared desire to act together. The six practices will be useful for those trying to: Discover more about local people’s perspectives Bring together diverse groups to coproduce knowledge and generate new, shared insights Identify local […]

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)

Check out the method/tool factsheet within this report A glass half-full: how an asset approach can improve community health and well-being https://www.local.gov.uk/asset-approach-community-wellbeing-glass-half-full ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4 Essential Elements of ABCD Process The primary goal of an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) process is to enhance collective citizen visioning and production through a process that combines four essential elements: 1. Resources 2. Methods 3. Functions 4. Evaluation This paper discusses each of these elements in detail in an effort to answer […]

Action research

Report: ARC – Action Research by, in and for Communities (a practical guide to Community-led Action Research) published by the Scottish Community Development Centre. This guide was developed by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) to help community and voluntary groups carry out research in and with their communities. The guide is based on our experience of developing and delivering 3 Community-led Action Research programmes between 2003 and 2011. These programmes culminated in over 90 groups […]

Co-production pilot (Toomebridge)

Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council together with people from the Toomebridge area have been involved in a socially innovative co-production project. Since October 2015 Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council through its Joint Working Arrangements Steering Group (JWA) with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) and the Northern Health and Social Care Board (NHSCB) have been investing in a co-production pilot in […]

Reducing alcohol harm

Communities Together is a community development project in north Pembrokeshire. It’s a project about facing up to alcohol issues in our communities – but one that didn’t begin with questions about alcohol at all. Here in Wales, much like our neighbours across the British Isles, we don’t always have the healthiest relationship with alcohol. Doctors and public health workers have been telling us for decades to cut back. It’s a simple message, but in our […]

No numbers without stories

This powerful and moving community research project from Scotland highlights the impact of the power imbalance between professionals and service-recipients (asylum-seekers in this instance) that undermines trust and lessens participants’ belief that their voices will actually be heard. The key messages are that community-led research should be focused around issues identified by the community, and that the people affected should be enabled to carry out the research and take action themselves. Crucially, they say, you […]

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