Not Another Co-Production Festival
It’s almost one year since we began our Not Another Co-Production Project and it’s time to celebrate all the amazing work that’s been happening with our partner organisations in Greater Manchester. And to help us celebrate, we’d like to invite you to join us at our Not Another Co-Production Festival! The first of its kind anywhere. We are working with…
Encouraging women to the podium: Not just about speaking but about influencing
In late 2020, I was booked to speak at two very different conferences a few days apart. Both were public events where the content and the line up of speakers were the main draw. The first one lasted two days. On the whole it was excellent, but I noticed one thing that rankled me. On both days, the first two…
Smalls for All Supplies a Growing Number of UK Organisations
We talk about poverty more than we used to. What was once considered something that happens elsewhere is now undeniably a part of everyday life in the UK, for a growing number of families. And West Lothian-based charity Smalls for All (Smalls) can trace the line of this change from when it was founded as an African aid organisation in…
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.
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.
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One Man’s Trash: The Rise of Community Fridges
Maria Passingham writes about the surge in community fridges across the UK which are helping communities combat food waste.
A Community With Energy
The Low Carbon Hub work with schools, businesses, and communities in Oxfordshire, UK to generate clean energy whilst reinvesting in the local economy.
Selective Mutism and the power of peer support
We meet Jane Salazar, a pioneer who overcame the numerous challenges of developing a peer support group for people who could not talk.
Interview with Nicholas Okwulu, People Empowering People in South London
We caught up with the founder of People Empowering People, and talked about creativity in the community and his future plans.
#LiveWellMakeArt: Creativity sets you free
Steve Gosyln tells us about a social movement in Greater Manchester which has been exploring ways in which the arts can address the challenges of social isolation and loneliness through building stronger social connections.
Welcome Wednesdays, community space
Check out this film about a church which opened it's doors to the general public; using their space for the community.