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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...

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. In October 2014 the Community...

Headlines from party conferences

Over the past three weeks, CDF has had a presence at the party conferences of the three main parties: Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Whilst it would be impossible to summarise everything that was talked about, here are the three key things that I wanted...

Why it’s vital to keep funding small community groups

The coalition government has slashed funding for small community groups, which all too often are seen as the “nice to have” part of our society. They are praised and thanked, but their true social and economic contribution is overlooked. Yet they are the glue holding...

What do we mean by service delivery?

The narrowness of the debate around service delivery has excluded the argument and evidence for addressing the issue of cuts and delivering multiple services in a cost effective way, by reviewing what we mean by ‘service delivery’. Between 2008 – 2011 CDF managed the...