Chamberlain Forum is a community forum that grew into a think-and-do tank. We help public services and communities work together for better places to live.
The Forum is served by Chamberlain Forum Limited which is a non-profit company which:
- Provides practical support to community and voluntary groups – for example we help groups develop strategic plans, policies, communications and raise resources.
- Helps develop ‘neighbourhood hubs’ – places in neighbourhoods where anyone with a good idea for making the area better can find help and support.
- Works with housing associations, local councils, development trusts and others to make more of existing assets – for example through the Neighbourhood Company model we have developed and through support for innovative management of community assets.
- Carries out research and action research into coproduction, public services, community groups and the ways they work together.
- Organises peer and shared learning between community and voluntary groups and public services.
- Develops low cost interactive websites for public servcies and for community and voluntary groups.
- Advises public services on community engagement including by developing good practice and helping public services to apply it.
- Undertakes community surveys, feasibility studies, evaluations, participatory appraisals of proposals, projects and services with an impact on communities and the way public services engage with them.
- Acts as Ideas Bank for fresh approaches in making neighbourhood better places and develops and applies new techniques such as Structured Dialogue Method.
Chamberlain Forum also organises free lectures and seminars which have featured some high profile guest speakers including Prime Minister David Cameron, politicians from all major parties, faith leaders – like Archbishop of York Sentamu, senior public servants – like Sir Paul Scott-Lee and leading academics like Professor Ted Cantle.
Chamberlain Forum recycles money it makes from undertaking fee earning work to support the cost of these Lectures on support to community groups. We are based in Birmingham, but have undertaken work in various parts of the West Midlands region and would like to develop links in other parts of England and Europe.
If you think Chamberlain Forum Limited might help you (or if you think you could help us), then please get in touch with Paul, Hannah, Tippa, Nem or Conrad at:
Chamberlain Forum Limited, 82-84 Moseley Street, Birmingham B12 ORT
tel: 07795 448 462