We are running a policy seminar with the Department for Communities and Local Government and National Council for Voluntary Organisations, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The aim of the workshop is to share the emerging findings from the Imagine Project and to stimulate thinking, particularly around policy implications and impact. What important insights from particular places and communities could help shape policy approaches to community policy at a national and local level?
Due to limited spaces, this event is by invitation only.
The format of the event will be small-scale conversations with people in communities who have been doing the research.
There will be a series of round table discussions on:
Communities in control or left in the lurch? Facilitator: Sarah Banks
- As central and local government reduce/withdraw funding for both individuals (welfare benefits) and groups (e.g. community centres, youth provision, libraries) what are people’s experiences at local level?
- What strategies are communities using to manage assets/liabilities and how are they working collaboratively to make this happen?
- What financial, technical and community development support is needed to enable local groups to take control and what is and should be the role of local and central government in this?
- What new forms of community governance and representation could be explored and implemented at a local level?
Beyond sink or swim: What are the challenges and potentials of co-production to build resilience from childhood to adulthood and to empower marginalised groups? Facilitators: Angie Hart and Suna Eryigit-Madzwamuse
- How can lived-experience, practitioner and academic knowledge be effectively combined to develop resilience building projects and empower communities?
- What are the challenges and successes involved in engaging different stakeholders (‘inside’ and ‘outside’ communities)?
- In the context of reduced funding for many statutory and voluntary services is resilience-building about leaving individuals and communities to ‘do it by themselves’?
- In what ways could co-productive approaches extend beyond specific projects to deepen democracy and enrich civic engagement of marginalised groups?
How can we use culture and history critically and creatively to inform future imaginings and development of communities? Facilitator: Paul Ward
- What ensuring and practical lessons can we learn from past attempts to develop communities and neighbourhoods?
- How can a process of reclaiming the past strengthen and empower ‘marginalised’ communities?
- How can government, local authorities and universities learn to listen?
- What value does the arts and culture have in informing communities that might be working on regeneration?
- How can the arts and culture support and sustain enthusiasm for change, particularly in contested communities?