Understanding the 9 million active neighbours of lockdown
The coronavirus crisis saw a huge movement of community activity and support. Immy Robinson, co-lead of the Relationships Project, shares their research about what made people come together. How we can support the different types of active neighbour with an ecology that enables community activity to thrive?
Feeling like a social change imposter
Entering the world of social change and community action can be a daunting step. As someone new to the world of "getting involved", guest blogger Joe Hartley reflects on the value of inexperience - and shares his top tips for making a difference.
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.
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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.
Community building with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
Read about how the idea of a handwritten "letter fae a local" has sparked a huge community endeavour to welcome and embrace asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. In the face of attacks on the rights of asylum seekers, these community-led organisations are trying to support new arrivals and connect them with their neighbours.
A year on: Are everyday people our new invisible trauma and loss workers?
Trainer Lourdes Colclough highlights an extraordinary new role being carried out by members of the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: informal trauma and grief counselling. She tells us about the training being offered to those stepping up to fill gaps in formal mental health support.
Secret Musings of a Change Agent
Experienced change consultant and coach Kath Smythe tells us all about her new blog series where she talks to "some fabulous ordinary people who are really great at making change happen” to try and discover what it is that underpins their skill. It's a must read!
Television History at the Social Supermarket: Feeding Coventry its archival past
Read all about a project combining food, culture and community history that's building and strengthening community relationships.
The Magic and the Mayhem: a must listen podcast
If you love working collaboratively with communities or are looking to do so, this podcast is for you. The Communities in the Making series offers a mixture of real stories, practical tips and reflections about community project participation.
Lighting up the dark: Window Wanderland
Something very exciting is happening in the windows of Coventry. A mass community event is spreading hope and helping neighbours to talk to one another in new ways through the medium of creativity and fun.
Exercising Citizenship Through Creativity Is More Important Than Ever
Paul Hine, Director at Made by Mortals explains how they've adapted during Covid-19 with innovative ways of working to keep helping people use their creativity to take an active role in society and bring about change.
Interview with Spaces of Hope Founder, Matthew Barber-Rowell
Matthew tells us about his favourite piece of work, his best mistake and how Spaces of Hope hopes to make a difference during the UK's second wave of Covid.