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Alison Seabrooke

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I work on projects in a range of policy areas:

 

Groundwork West Midlands

Interim chief executive looking at the operations and opportunities of one of Groundwork UK’s Federated Trusts. (December 2018 – )

Sutton Coldfield Town Council
A review of the health and wellbeing needs of residents of Sutton Coldfield and recommendations on the priorities for community development and investment. (May 2018 – ).

The report is available from here: www.suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk/…/Community-Development-Report.pdf

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM)
Providing strategic and practical advice to a UK public body and BEIS on a community consent-based approach to a nationally significant infrastructure project. (July 2016 – )

BUILD: Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues, 2014 – 2018+
Speaker and participant in the annual convening of leaders engaged in multiple aspects of urban spatial and human development, led by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Most recently engaged in joint work with the European Foundation Centre on moving from ideas to action focusing on effective partnerships.

BBC Children in Need
A review of its UK grant-making and grant management processes; recommendations to the board endorsed and implemented. (February 2017)

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan
Reviewed neighbourhood and community-led, non-clinical approaches to health and social care across rural and urban areas in a Midlands county, for their STP submission. (July – November 2016)

Trustee ASDA Foundation 2012 – present

Community Development Foundation (CDF)
Between 2005 – 2016 I was chief executive of CDF. Originally established in 1967 as a non-departmental public body (NDPB) and charity, its role covered all four nations, working across policy, practice, research, evaluation, programmes and consultancy. I led CDF’s work building its business portfolio and partnerships, converting it to a social enterprise in 2011, achieving operational efficiencies and delivering £ms grants programmes and support at a community level. This covered multiple policy areas, working with all sectors and delivered by a highly collaborative and productive staff team.

The articles below provide an insight into some of my interests and experience.

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Why we all need to improve our community engagement

As public finances shrink beyond recognition, local decision-making increases and each sector has to prove its social purpose, many of us will need to turn our minds to how we tackle our day jobs differently.

Regardless of whether this is about achieving better health and social care outcomes, improving community safety, making places better to live in or developing more sustainable local projects, there is a growing financial and functional requirement to work alongside individuals and communities to deliver these.

This is cutting across all sectors, for example in the health and social care arena, public and private providers are expected to re-design their activities so that they are people and community-centred.

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Coalition for Collaborative Care

Achieving collaborative care will be a necessary and complex trick for the NHS to pull out of the hat and yet individuals and community groups, motivated by experience, expertise and compassion have been applying this model for decades.

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How can we support communities to take control?

Between October 2014 and March 2015, CDF’s communications team took some time out of the office to meet with community organisations in the nine regions of England. The premise was simple: find out what support community organisations could do with more of, so that CDF could find out the best way to support them.

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Trust in democracy: the solutions are local

Our latest research Trust in Democracy: how community groups bridge the gap between people and politics, demonstrates how the community sector can improve grassroots engagement with politics. The report identifies some concerning issues about how trust in national political structures has been eroded, finding that people are feeling increasingly distant from them.

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How can we rebuild trust in democracy?

The recent general election saw the highest turnout since 1997, yet one in three people still chose not to vote. On Monday 1 June, we published research that found that only 25% of people trust Parliament, yet 50% trust the overall democratic process. Interestingly, trust improves at a more local level, with 93% of our survey respondents saying they trust other people in their community. So could increased involvement in community activity play a role in rebuilding trust in democracy?

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Meet the community projects providing ‘tailor-made’ support

What are the qualities that make community groups unique and why is supporting them through small grant programmes vital to their survival? This blog explores CDF’s ‘Tailor-made’ research, which shows how community groups provide services and activities that are a perfect fit for their communities.

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My passion for supporting communities

My working life began as a design manager for multi-national, Coats Viyella, back in the 1980s. It was a job I loved, but not one I could replicate on relocation to Yorkshire in 1991. My employment journey took several turns, through different sectors, but it was my voluntary journey which led me to the Community Development Foundation (CDF).

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Guardian Society Profile April 2016

This isn’t the end for local activism
The head of the axed Community Development Foundation on how local organisations already hit by cuts will have to pick up the slack.

www.theguardian.com/...

BUILD Bilbao October 2016

Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues
From September 16-19, 2015, BUILD convened over 100 civic leaders and urban practitioners from GMF’s network in the U.S. and Europe to discuss strategies for leading transformative change in cities for BUILD's second annual convening.

www.gmfus.org/forum/bilbao...

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