Future for Communities
In partnership with Local Trust
This consultation will focus on the future for communities and place, exploring the importance of community as a key issue for policy makers and practitioners. In doing so it will draw on current research conducted by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and Local Trust on the necessary conditions for creating empowered communities in the 2020s which is due to report in the summer.It will also consider the emerging findings of the Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society due to report in autumn 2018. The consultation takes place at a critical time in this policy space, as the Government considers the content of its own Civil Society Strategy (on which it launched its own consultation in March).
Key issues of focus for the event will be:
The importance of place: What does place mean, how does it contribute to individual and community identity and why does this matter?
Power and influence: Who holds power as we enter a new decade? How can power be meaningfully transferred to communities? What does this mean in the context of reduced resources and capacity amongst those who have traditionally held and brokered power at a local level?
Transience: What happens when many people no longer stay in communities for long enough to feel part of them? What does community mean for people living in insecure housing tenure and their neighbours?
Spaces: What does the disappearance of shared space means for civil society? What does it mean in particular for disadvantaged communities, where both public and private sector spaces are in retreat? Where can communities find common interests or meet with people with different views or backgrounds?