Community groups

  • Local government has a crucial role to play in maximising crowdfunding’s potential

    20 May 2019

    Jonathan Bone says maximising the opportunities available through crowdfunding will require a 'different kind of local government with a different culture, ways of working and relationship with communities’.

  • Building without the battles

    29 December 2018

    While 2018 saw community resistance to regeneration projects, Colin Crooks believes there are some signs of optimism for the growing regeneration activity in 2019

  • Let’s rebuild support for our voluntary bodies

    04 December 2018

    Something is not right in the state of the relationship between local government and the voluntary and community sector – yet the importance of a productive collaboration has never been greater, argues chair of NAVCA John Tizard.

  • Lord Bourne urges bids for Windrush Day events cash

    22 November 2018

    As the MHCLG launches a £500,000 fund to support councils and community groups in putting on events to celebrate national Windrush Day Communities Minister Lord Bourne says local authorities have a powerful role to play

  • Say ‘no’ to municipal censorship

    30 October 2018

    When grassroots activists proactively engage in the democratic process, they should be allowed to do so without municipal censorship, argues Claire Fox

  • Building a better sense of community

    15 August 2018

    Dan Corry looks at the launch of the Government’s Civil Society Strategy and asks whether it can move us forward to create a society that works for the benefit of all communities.

  • Participatory budgeting 'outstanding success'

    03 August 2018

    Independent research has found Dundee City Council’s participatory budgeting (PB) was an ‘outstanding success’ that should act as an inspiration to other local authorities.

  • We need to be using the 'C' word - conversation

    01 August 2018

    We need to be talking with, not to, our communities about what would work in their places, writes Louise Round.

  • Empowering your residents

    17 April 2018

    Authorities can empower residents by changing behaviour and enlisting support for that change when service providers and volunteers in communities come together, writes Maxine Moar.

  • Westminster offers advice to EU nationals

    08 November 2017

    Westminster City Council will spend £50,000 next year on advice and support for the 30,000 European Union nationals it hosts.

  • Creating conditions for empowered communities

    13 September 2017

    Cllr Clare Coghill urges councils to think before they sell off old buildings or parks. There might be members of the community with the drive and vision to transform it.

  • Supporting communities to deliver change

    02 August 2017

    Adele Taylor asks how councils can co-operate with those in the community with the ability to deliver real change.

  • Community capacity and the role of the state

    28 June 2017

    Most council transformation plans feature a section on ‘community capacity building,’ but what does that mean and how should it be done? Graham Duxbury explains

  • How do we support the next generation of community leaders?

    01 June 2017

    At the moment, too much money goes to the bigger care providers. Ewan King argues we must be better at building local community-based care services.

  • Time to connect the disconnected

    24 May 2017

    With a recent focus on the handing of powers to a collection of high profile regional mayors, Sue Baxter urges the next Governement, whichever hue it may be, to push devolution down to the grass roots.

  • Resetting our relationship with residents

    17 May 2017

    What is the role of the state? Alex Bailey explains how Adur and Worthing councils are creating platforms upon which communities can build happy, healthy, prosperous and connected places.

  • We need to involve people in difficult decisions about services

    15 May 2017

    Involving residents in developing, delivering and evaluating controversial proposals, such as hospital closures, from the outset can only enhance plans, argues Ewan King.

  • Partnerships are pivotal in the aftermath of a terror attack

    02 May 2017

    John O'Brien says the investment councils put in to building partnerships to make communities safer and more cohesive are tested during and after events like the Westminster terror attack in March.

  • Championing the community

    20 April 2017

    Cambridgeshire CC won the Excellence in Community Engagement prize at The MJ’s Local Government Excellence Awards 2016. Here’s how they did it.

  • Hands up for greater tenant participation

    11 April 2017

    Calum Davidson explains why tenant participation should be higher on chief executives’ agendas and how injecting a lick of youthful dynamism into council workforces can help to reinvigorate communities.