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Getting real; one year on from CDF

Getting real Professional impact of closure There’s not much you can write about an organisation that has closed, other than to note that a year has passed quickly. The Community Development Foundation was around for nearly 50 years and, since it ceased trading on 31...

What is a community?

Communities Week 2017 provided a refreshing reminder of how local communities continue to take action on the issues that affect them, without apology or permission. It reminded me, too, of many national conversations I have been party to around how to support,...

Changing how government does business with communities

Over the past few months I have provided strategic and practical advice on engaging communities in siting a government-led nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP). What is unusual – and what hooked me in – is that the government intends to adopt a...

The evolution of Big Local

Local Trust’s chief executive, Debbie Ladds, invited me to write an article that, on the closure of the Community Development Foundation (CDF) in March 2016, provides an insight into Local Trust’s beginnings and the relationship between the two organisations. Here’s...

Keeping the ‘social’ in the housing sector; the new responses

Over the year, we’ve enjoyed a growing understanding and relationship with a number of housing associations up and down the country. But just as we were getting to know a bit more about each other July ‘happened’. The government’s announcement of the Right to Buy,...