A new report, Creating stronger and more inclusive
communities which value everyone's right to contribute has
The report sets out lessons to be learned from community-based
projects in which people are frequently written off or seen as a
drain on society have been able to take charge and make a real
contribution. They involve state resources or the
contributions of professionals, but those contributions always take
a supporting role to the resources and contributions of people with
support needs and those around them.
It has been written by NAAPS, Centre for Inclusive Futures,
Community Catalysts, New Economics Foundation, KeyRing, CSV and
independent consultant John Gillespie.
It sets out seven principles for empowerment and inclusion in an
age of austerity:
- Community development needs to start from how people themselves
define their situation and aspirations.
- Communities are stronger where people who use services are
helped to find good ways of making a valued local contribution, not
just seen as in need.
- Most support is delivered by families and social networks:
services must work in partnership with those whose contribution is
- The personalisation of public services makes a genuine change
when it represents a change in culture, aspirations and choice of
- To live fully, we all need to be able to make informed choices
and to take risks.
- Public sector contrinbutions are more cost-effective when they
look across all local assets and needs, not just those assessed as
- Micro-scale enterprises and interventions can be a powerful
vehicle for mobilising new contributions.
The report can be downloaded from the NAAPS website.