Beyond Empower: supporting healthy, active lives for disabled people by transforming mainstream spaces and services
In this guest blog, Beyond Empower founder Ben Andrews tells us about their work to transform mainstream spaces, communities and leisure services so that they're accessible to people with disabilities. By thinking differently about the barriers, Beyond Empower help providers, councils and businesses create services that everyone in the community can access and enjoy.
, Community Based
, Community Development
, Guest Blog
, Integrated Services
, Social Enterprise
, Systems Change
I’m With Sam: Tackling learning disability hate crime with Dimensions
Learning disability hate crime is a problem that is under-reported but can have a huge impact on victims. Dimensions' #ImWithSam campaign is led by an expert with lived experience and takes a multi-pronged approach to the problem. They support victims, raise awareness, train police forces, work with the CPS and influence policy to improve reporting, convictions and ensure victims are taken seriously.
, Learning Disabilities
, Lived Experience
, Social Action
, Systems Change
Doing digital arts differently: St. Helens Libraries and Ideas Alliance’s action research
Find out more about this "learning by doing" project, where the team worked collaboratively with artists, makers, library staff, residents and more to innovate and test ways to help digital arts thrive in St. Helens.
Alexandra Park Food Forest
In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, the UK saw empty shelves at the supermarket for the first time in a generation. But in some parts of the country there is a historic lack of access to good food. We hear from a community project in Glasgow looking to change that.
Sex and Cancer
Sarah Davis and Emma Qunital from Macmillan's London Cancer Community share their story of starting a project to support people whose sex lives have been affected by cancer or treatment and how lockdown has affected their plans.
Nationwide’s Oakfield Campus: How the community can revolutionise housing developments
Nationwide's Oakfield Campus is revolutionising how we implement co-design and emphasise community at the heart of housing development projects.
RHS Bridgewater, a champion garden for health and collaboration
The Royal Horticultural Society are teaming up with award-winning Landscape Architect Tom Stuart-Smith to create a huge public green space for 2020.
Amazing animated film about foodbanks co-created by young people wins film awards
The film is a great example of how we can tell important stories together and how these stories are even more powerful when they are told, made and shared by those affected by the issues the stories are about.
Report review: Community in the making
We go back to the Bromley by Bow Centre to learn more about how they made sure local people were at the heart of their evaluation
Co-production in action
In celebration of co-production week Miranda Keast of The Grace Eyre Foundation tells us about her experience of co-producing a community club night and learning to let go
Event: Unleashing Healthy Communities
We spent a warm summer's evening celebrating and learning about Bromley by Bow's latest report on the centre's community based approach to health and wellbeing.
Sheffield Flourish is a growing community of people living with mental health conditions where amazing things are happening