Monthly Archives: February 2012

Organising in Chilly Times

Working as a community activist can be very isolating. People who grasp what you are about are few and far between. There are always those nagging doubts that you can’t be sure you’ve handled the dilemmas of community in the … Continue reading

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Just repackaged Community Development?

Many questions were raised back in 2010 when the Conservative manifesto committed an incoming Tory administration to train 5,000 community organisers; the voices asked many things but amongst them was a concern about how this new ‘army’ (yes, sadly that … Continue reading

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Leadership on whose terms?

For years, I worked on behalf of the community sector to help central government (and the voluntary sector) change their assumptions about community groups and small charities. In governance terms, I was advocating a lighter touch regime for un-constituted and … Continue reading

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Taking the Power Back

Listening to the views of loads of people gives me a sense of what troubles this area. People mention some things again and again: youth troubles, poor response to maintenance and repair calls, fears for the future of their flats. … Continue reading

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