Reports, articles, data and analysis on how government is empowering communities to take action on the issues that matter to them.
This is part of government’s wider work to grow social action. You can find out more by reading this summary on social action or by viewing our discussion paper ‘Social Action - Harnessing the Potential’.
The government’s approach to community organising
The government is funding the recruitment and training of Community Organisers. Community Organisers are trained local leaders who inspire local communities to make change happen through collective action.
They talk to local residents, listen to the changes they believe their local area needs, bring people together and then support them to act.
- Blog and evaluation of the Community Organisers Mobilisation Fund
- Speech by Minister for Civil Society on #GivingTuesday 2015
- Government announces new support for community organising
- New funding through Community Organisers Mobilisation Fund announced
Analysis and Evaluation
During the last Parliament, government invested over £110 million in programmes which encourage community action in a range of ways. The role of small grants (Community First Neighbourhood Match Fund); people on the ground (Community Organisers) and support for local authority led initiatives (Cities of Service) have all been tested.
Community First Neighbourhood Match Fund
- Community First blog – helping people to live fulfilling and good lives
- Evaluation of the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund
- Social change through local action - Civil Service Quarterly Blog
- Community Organisers blog – inspiring people to build a bigger, stronger society
- Community Organisers and Community Life Survey blog - Analysis
- Community Organisers Social Action Fund results
- Tens of thousands get involved in Community Organisers programme
- Evaluation of the Community Organisers Programme
Cities of Service
- Request programme data from the Community First Neighbourhood Match Fund and Community Organisers programmes