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Smoke and Mirrors

Over the past few weeks the charity sector has been drawn into the debate about government proposals to limit potential charity ‘lobbying’ by inserting clauses into grant offer letters. NCVO has recently written a letter to the Prime Minister countersigned by charity...

How can we support communities to take control?

Here at CDF, we’re passionate about giving communities across the country the opportunity to shape where they live. This is why 1. Community organisations need funding and support The obvious one: community groups provide fantastically good value for money in terms of...

Meet the community projects providing ‘tailor-made’ support

Community groups are experts about their areas; trusted by locals and committed to the individuals they serve. Put simply, community groups make life better because they are bespoke to the communities who need them. In light of the findings of our ‘Tailor-made’...

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...

Empowering communities to prosper

Last week, the New Weather Institute – a co-operative think tank – launched its book ‘People Powered Prosperity’. It sets out a narrative for very local economics, based on local financial and enterprise institutions. It is an important intervention that kickstarts a...