Tag: communities

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 […]

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 […]

Strategic architecture: a new approach to revitalizing cities gains steam

“Instead of completely altering the existing aesthetic of the neighborhood through the development of overly-ambitious or tin-eared design initiatives, these architects and designers have demonstrated a devoted effort to transform urban environments without disrupting them. Lange has a name for this unique approach to design; she calls it “strategic architecture.” Typically supported by advocacy organizations and citizen action groups alike, this type of design stems from “an understanding of past civic hopes and redesigning them […]

Incredible Edible

“They practise the art of ‘propaganda gardening’, planting up every available public space in their town, and from their efforts have sprung businesses, social enterprises, school gardens, a permaculture training centre, even ‘vegetable tourism’! Their work has envigorated the town’s economy and made them famous. Communities throughout the world have taken Todmorden’s model and replicated it.” Original article: http://www.permaculture.co.uk/videos/propaganda-gardening-incredible-edible-todmorden Watch the video [13’47]

Loneliness Resource Pack

A set of resources to help individuals, groups, communities and neighbourhoods take a closer look at – and to reduce – loneliness. JRF and JRHT’s Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness has been a three-year action research programme exploring and identifying what makes us feel lonely where we live and work and what we can all do about it – personally and professionally. Access it on the JRF website.

Co-production research

The Productive Margins initiative is a joint venture between Cardiff and Bristol University. “Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-making is top-down and decision makers do not adequately engage, deeming ‘community engagement’ a passive exercise. Communities are often only invited to comment on decisions which have already been made, leaving isolated and excluded communities feeling even more powerless, and adding to the dislocation between politicians and the electorate. Starting life in April 2013, the Productive […]

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