Designer dresses; watching the football; or pizza, potato wedges and a litre of Coke – a treat can come in many forms, but the underlying value is the same. The secret of success in a consumer society is that there’s a price and a product for whatever you can afford: a £1000 Vivienne Westwood creation [...]
The drugs don’t work. No painkiller beats dealing with the source of the pain. No opiate can deliver a high as sustainably as our own bodies can. This would be a matter for each of us to work out for ourselves, except that the full cost of drug abuse is not just paid by the [...]
American sociologist Sherry Arnstein came up with the idea of a ladder to represent approaches to community involvement as successive rungs towards ‘citizen empowerment’ 40 years ago. But is ‘empowerment’ always the most important aim of community involvement. And is more community involvement always the right ingredient for better public services? Successful public services are [...]
Chamberlain Forum’s 2011-12 programme focuses on Community Resilience and Self-Help.
The Community First Neighbourhood Matched fund launched by Community Development Foundation (on behalf of government) in October (see background story) will be opening for business in eligible areas across England over the next few weeks. In Birmingham, panels of local community, business and public sector reps have already been set up in most wards. These [...]
Community First is the new £80m government-funded programme that will run for four years, until March 2015. Despite some quirks relating to where the new fund will be available, it might actually ‘do what it says on the tin’ and start, in a small way, the practice of putting communities in the driving seat.