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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,...

What to expect from CDF in 2015

Community First – a time to reflect As many of our supporters will know, the Community First programme will come to an end in March 2015. Since the programme began in 2011, we have awarded over 15,000 grants worth £23.8m to community projects across England. These...

Building healthy communities in an age of austerity

This article looks at the key factors in building a healthy community which includes the ability to access fair finance; for power to reside locally in determining community problems; and for communities to be able to resolve these issues. These factors have become...

Neighbourhood planning – the power to make a difference

Through my work at the Community Development Foundation (CDF), and my personal experience of setting up and running many community organisations and a large social enterprise, I know how powerful it can be when people come together with a vision of improving where...