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Empowered communities 2020s

Topline timings: This project will run through from March 2017 - March 2018


Help shape the future of community development.


IVAR has been appointed by Local Trust to carry out research that will scope and support the future of community development. We will look at what it needs to look like and who needs to be involved in order to empower communities in the 2020s.


We want to ask:

·   How can communities become more empowered and vibrant in the next ten years?

·   How can communities identify and articulate issues and take collective action to address them over the next decade?

·   What needs to happen to bring about empowered communities?


What’s happening?

We’ll be hosting three dialogues with people, groups and organisations in the public, voluntary, business sectors that support individuals and communities and build movements:


Issues – Exploring issues that intersect with community development and empowered communities, such as income inequality, local ageing populations, housing, immigration or climate change.


Nations – Visiting the four UK nations to hear from people who work with communities.


Places – Conversations in four communities of place, to hear from people who work with, or in some way support communities.


Get involved

To sign up to email updates on the project and hear about opportunities to contribute,
send your name, role and organisation (if applicable) and email address to


Find out more about the project at localtrust.org.uk.

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