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

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This new study will take an in-depth look at the vital social and economic role of small and medium sized charities operating at a local level in England and Wales.

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Director of Katherine Low Settlement, Aaron Barbour shares how they provide 'life long' support for the people of Wandsworth, partnering closely with other local charities to meet the diverse needs of the local area.

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Through our work we get to meet and talk to driven, passionate and inspiring people working in communities across the country. Recently, we caught up with Karen Chandler, Chief Officer of Pembrokeshire People First.

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The Refugee and Migrant Centre are responding to the vast increase in demand - growing from being a small to a medium sized organisation.

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Simon Ryder runs The Floating Classroom, a huge electric barge moored in Paddington. It is used to teach school children, families and community groups whilst travelling along the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals.

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In recent months we have been looking into theory and ideas that might help us figure out just what good learning looks like.

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Leila Baker, Head of research at IVAR shares the story behind the research. Bringing together the team, how the research questions were formed and discovering gaps in the evidence.

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