Future Local Communities

Listed below are projects conducted in the UK by the young foundation for social cohesion and community development.


  • Future Communities – Bringing together local and national actors to develop fresh thinking about how new housing developments can become socially as well as economically and environmentally sustainable (supported by HCA and IDeA). There blog can be found – here.
  • Civility – We are working with the ESRC on a project exploring whether civility matters in contemporary Britain, building on the work of our book Civility: Lost and Found.
  • Cohesion – the Young Foundation has conducted extensive work on community cohesion, from a project focussed on how voluntary and community sector can best work for cohesion, to a contribution to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion
  • Neighbourhood Action Network – We worked with 12 local authorities, the HCA, IDeA and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on a project on how local authorities could accelerate and develop their community empowerment and neighbourhood working activity
  • Transforming Neighbourhoods – a two-year programme of research, innovation and practical action designed to encourage devolution of power to neighbourhoods and communities in England. It ran from April 2005 to March 2007
  • Neighbourhood Futures – a focused network bringing together six local authorities (Camden, Hackney, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Knowley, Lewisham, and Suffolk) to talk about key issues in taking forward neighbourhood working against a backdrop of recession and spending cuts
  • Local 2.0 – Funded by CLG’s Community Empowerment Fund, we are working with three councils (Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Kirklees and Kensington and Chelsea) to find out how new digital technologies can be used by councils and other local agencies to communicate with and involve their residents
  • Neighbourhood Taskforces’ model draws on a combination of familiar approaches: research into local people’s views, fast-paced meetings, mediation techniques and action planning, which when used together can help build the capacity of the community to work together.

Read their neighbourhoods policy papers here.

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