Empowering Communities

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Empowering Communities Toolkit

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Local Known Practice

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Links for The Sector To Share Knowledge

The Community Paradigm

Why Public Services Need Radical Change And How It Can Be Achieved

New Local Government Network. NLGN http://www.nlgn.org.uk/public/

Social prescribing network

Making sense of Social Prescribing

Nurture Development 



Transferring Ownership to Communities:

Understanding Community Asset Transfer – Guide for Councillors – PDF – Community Asset Transfer can unlock financial savings and local innovation, enabling community action and supporting resident-led solutions. This guide shows how CAT can support your priorities for your community and the essential role of councillors in making CAT a success.

Empowering Communities: making the most of local assets – an officer’s guide – PDF – This guide aims to provide support to council officers and introduces the full suite of tools available to unleash the creativity, innovation and growth flowing from community asset ownership and management.

Making Buildings Work for Your Community – PDF – The Making Buildings Work for Your Community guide provides an introduction to the design process and practical advice on how to ensure that your building can be the best possible facility for your community.

Green Asset Guide – PDF – The Green Asset guide is for community organisations planning to improve or develop land or buildings as assets for their organisation or community.

Pillars of the Community: the transfer of local authority heritage assets – PDF – Pillars of the Community looks at the community asset transfer of heritage buildings. The publication includes key considerations for local authorities in transferring heritage assets including strategy development.

To Have and to Hold: Asset development for community and social enterprises – PDF – The To Have and to Hold: Asset development for community and social enterprises guide to long-term community ownership and development of land and buildings.

Choosing a legal structure – PDF – This toolkit is for any community group thinking of establishing itself as a community anchor organisation – a community-led organisation operating in a local area and committed to positive change.

Starting Points for Discussion Health, Locality and Loneliness:

Local Public Service Transformation, A Guide to whole Place Community Budgets: Co- produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government with the Local Government Association, July 2013.

A Vision for Adult Social Care, Capable Communities and Active Citizens; Department of Health, Nov 2010.

Practical approaches to improving the lives of disabled and older people through building stronger communities, Department of Health, Nov 2010.

Neighbourhood Community Budget Pilot Programme; Research, learning, evaluation and Lessons: Department for Communities and Local Government, July 2013.

Empowering Communities for Health: Business Case and Practice framework, NHS Alliance Nov 2011.

NHS Five Year Forward View

The Forward View Into Action: Planning for 2015/16, December 2014.

Developing the Power of strong, Inclusive Communities, A framework for Health and Wellbeing Boards: Public Health England and Think Local Act Personal, Oct 2014.

Ageing: the silver lining; the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society for local government, June 2015.

Ageing Well: an asset based approach, 2012

Briefing: The Health and Care of Older People in England 2015.

Promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation in later life; Age UK with Campaign to End Loneliness, Jan 2015.

The Missing Million: In search of the loneliest in our communities, June 2016.

Devolution: For People and Communities: The five key principles of devolution.

Saving money by doing the right thing: Why ‘local by default’ must replace ‘diseconomies of scale’, March 2014.

How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners. 2016.

Think Tanks

The Kings Fund

Devolution: what it means for health and social care in England, Nov 2015

Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in England, Nov 2015.

Intentional whole health system redesign: Southcentral foundation’s ‘Nuka’ system of Care, Nov 2015.

Improving the public’s health: A resource for local authorities, 2013.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Working in Neighbourhoods, Active Citizenship and Localism: Lessons for Policy-makers and Practitioners, March 2012

Arts and Humanities Research Council: Who is accountable in localism? Findings from Theory and Practice May 2013.

Chartered Institute of Housing

New Approaches to Delivering Social Value, Jan 2015.

Tool kits (some examples)

  • ABCD Toolkit Mapping Community Assets Workbook: Northwest Regional Education Laboratory
  • Community Engagement Toolkit: North Somerset Council
  • Community Planning Toolkit: Community Places
  • Neighbourhood Engagement Strategy Toolkit: City of Edmonton
  • Communities Count, the Four Steps to Unlocking Social Value: Social Enterprise UK
  • Public services (Social Value) Act 2012, A brief guide: Social Enterprise UK
  • New Approaches to Delivering Social Value, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Social Return on Investment, New Economics Foundation (nef)
  • A guide to Social Return on Investment, Cabinet Office of the Third Sector
  • Adding Social Value for the Community, A framework for
    Strengthening and Sustaining the contribution of NHS North West