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.
Inverclyde Shed: improving wellbeing, tackling social isolation and reducing waste
We learn about a group helping older men talk and connect whilst maintaining repair skills and how members co-design and influence the design and development of the Shed.
The Preston Model – local wealth building
In Preston an innovative collaboration between public bodies, local business, and citizens has helped the city recover from economic recession.
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
The Public Living Room
Adur and Worthing Councils create a space to chat and connect with other people at a public living room based in a local beach hut
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
Keep it Local – call for evidence
As part of their Keep it Local campaign, Locality would like to hear from you and understand how the public service landscape is shaping up
The Friendly Bench
The Friendly Bench in Nottinghamshire is a simple way of using outside space to connect people to each other and their community.
New Home for the Library of Things
What if libraries lent more than books? Things you only use once a year or something you want to try out? Enter the Library of Things, a home for borrowers!
Interview: Dr. Margaret Lobo, Otakar Kraus Music Trust
We sat down with Dr. Margaret Lobo, founder of the Otakar Kraus Music Trust to find out how she was inspired to work with others to find their voice.
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