Working in communities

Explore the benefits of community-based initiatives, and how to support them.

Why work in communities?

Place is important

Despite rapid changes in the economy, in technology and in the way we relate to each other, place is important to people, especially many of those in disadvantaged areas – people who have been left behind by the pace of change.

Power is collective

People benefit from working together to identify common issues, to find ways of addressing them together and to be heard by the state, businesses and others whose decisions influence their lives.

Community matters

People benefit from drawing on connections with members of groups and communities they identify with, in order to have the confidence to get involved and take action in the place where they live.

Building on assets

Community assets‘ enhance the services that organisations or groups provide in their local area. Some residents we worked with defined assets as: 



Their skills, knowledge and relationships



The history and character that makes the area special



The imagination and enterprise of local people to make things happen

Services, facilities and amenities

Services, facilities and amenities

Getting the most from these for local people

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Case studies

Farland Way Big Lunch

Lead organiser tells their Big Lunch story and helps bring the learning to life.

Mount Pleasant Big Lunch

Lead organiser tells their Big Lunch story and helps bring the learning to life.

St John’s Ambulance: Community Advocate Programme

Summary of what we learned from the Community Advocate Programme.

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Our assets, our future

The economics, outcomes and sustainability of assets in community ownership

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The Future for Communities: Perspectives on power
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Community accountability in community business
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With thanks to Paul Coleman/Eden Project Communities and CaVCA for the photo used on this page.

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