National Community Activists Network
"The pilots will create a joint team with local partners, aided by Government officials and the Local Government Association to establish their devolved budget proposals with decision making structures for a locally run operation during…Continue
You don't have to squint too hard to join the dots between economic austerity measures and the policies of the big society. As austerity begins to bite, the government's fantasy armies of unpaid volunteers will emerge from the gloom to fill the inevitable gaps. Stop laughing at the back.
It's easy to mock. In fact it's essential. But it's not enough. I've long had the impression that many in the community & voluntary sector see themselves as passive participants or recipients of…Continue
Last Saturday, December 10th, Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) hosted a party at The Darby and Joan Club to celebrate Thornton Heath. We heard inspiring ideas and felt the passion of local people who, despite the challenges, are making a meaningful difference to strengthen their community.
Social Reporter, David Wilcox, joined our…Continue
Have a look at this very important website the Encyclopaedia of Informal Education . It is the repository for both the history and theory of Youth and Community work. There are fabulous stories of folk past that have contributed much to the fabric of our civilisation. There is much to be learnt or re-learnt from them! Also the theoretical side of the work is important in order to challenge in a thoughtful way the overriding hegemony of our times.
Added by Bren Cook on December 8, 2011 at 10:22 — No Comments
JRF reports published today:
I visited the Outer Hebrides on a Community Development trip focused on coastal erosion and…Continue
Added by Lesley Rodgers on November 27, 2011 at 0:30 — No Comments
Am I the only one to feel somewhat underwhelmed?
Reflections on leaving local government and why it's broken.
I've just finished working in a two tier, or more accurately a three tier local authority (if you count the parish councils) after twenty seven years. The last six of them gave me a chance to see the strategic leadership up close and an opportunity to look into the engine room of local government. I'm now reflecting on what I saw and why I think it's…Continue
Here's a link to the Gesundheit Institute's website.
The ideas and story behind the life of the real Patch Adams and his day to day of making things happen. He lives community and this website give you access to the inspiration. Enjoy!
On a quick skim read, it seems that young people aren't actually an alien race or breed apart. Tell me which working adult hasn't taken stationery from work or toiletries from hotel bathrooms because it's there; as…Continue
Added by kevin Frayne on October 27, 2011 at 20:44 — No Comments
'Crime and disorder events' - why use one word when you can use four?!
The BBC report:…Continue
Added by Kate Gordon on October 24, 2011 at 21:58 — No Comments
Added by Kate Gordon on October 18, 2011 at 14:07 — No Comments
I am looking for a successful group who got together to improve a playground or park, and have achieved results -- with the involvement of children and young people.
I am hoping to form a similar group where I live in Preston, to help improve a neglected playground and park.
A speaker from a successful group could be an inspiring example for people round here.
One of the dilemmas in life is how to challenge bigotry without reinforcing it (by pushing people away from us and our viewpoint) .
And it’s made even more difficult in an environment where PC is a pariah.
Given PC is a handy button which seems to release jeers every time bigots press it, we’re clearly in a difficult environment when we try to influence people towards social justice and equalities.
Wikipedia’s definition of of PC suggests it…Continue
Ycan are holding a conference at the St George's Centre Leeds on 12th October.
For full details you will need to search Ycan's own website (It may not be on the YCAN site connected to this Natcan Website), and book as requested.
The event is free and will incorporate the organisations first AGM. If you want to serve on the committee add your name to the list.
NB There are many members who have subscribed to the Ycan Section of the Natcan site who are not otherwise known…Continue
It was reported in the local newspaper (Black Country Express & Star) towards the end of last week that Mike Swain, chief exec of ASAN in Wolverhampton, had died of cancer. I don't know whether he was well known outside of the area, or even in the area by name, but a lot of people locally will have attended events at ASAN over the years. I first went there quite a long time ago when ASAN was developing its services and products, long before 'social enterprise' was…Continue
Added by Kate Gordon on September 25, 2011 at 21:16 — No Comments
Added by Kate Gordon on September 25, 2011 at 20:43 — No Comments
We would like to put in a request for a meeting space for October 8th 2011 @ 5.00pm.
Our group ileto Caribbean Network are involved with a European Partnership of women's groups, which are Austria Germany, Poland and Turkey. This will be most of the Women's groups first visit to the UK.
But try as we have, we have been unable to access a suitable venue for the kick off event ( the reception) so I am putting the post here.
Added by kenyasue Smart on September 24, 2011 at 1:30 — No Comments