Delivering state funded community organising and asset-based community development in an austere England

Andie Reynolds, Lucy Grimshaw

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From 2011-2015 the UK Coalition government invested £40 million in the Community Organisers Programme and Community First to deliver state-run community organising and asset-based community development in low-income neighbourhoods in England. This was trailblazing as ‘… no other nation as ever officially and explicitly trained and hired so many community organisers’ (Fisher & Dimberg, 2016, p.96). Drawing on findings from two case studies in north-east England, this presentation provides empirical evidence that both public and voluntary sector community development was fundamentally re-shaped under these programs in England. Also highlighted are the key challenges of delivering state-funded community organising and asset-based community development in an austerity-driven climate. This presentation then concludes by offering lessons for policymakers and practitioners, of all political complexions, in England and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019
EventCommunity Development Society Conference 2019 - Columbia, United States
Duration: 14 Jul 201917 Jul 2019

Conference

ConferenceCommunity Development Society Conference 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityColumbia
Period14/07/1917/07/19

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