Risk and Responsibility

28 August 2020

There is an urgent need to involve communities in post-Covid policymaking, but we must respect that rebuilding has to be a truly shared endeavour. Across communities of every type, the question of whose responsibility it is to tackle many of

A roadmap to local impact: Institute for Community Studies and Young Foundation respond to the consultation on the UK R&D Roadmap

27 August 2020

The Young Foundation and the associated Institute for Community Studies welcome this consultation on the UK R&D Roadmap. We fully support its ambition to maximise the economic, environmental and societal impact of research, drive innovation, to inspire the next generation,

National Peer Research Network welcomes 15 new members

23 July 2020

A new cohort of peer researchers has graduated from 6 weeks of remote training and officially joined The Young Foundation’s National Peer Research Network. The peer researchers hail from Sunderland, Ayrshire, Cardiff, Grimsby and London where they are currently interviewing people about the impact of Covid-19 on their lives and their communities. 

Learning in Lockdown

15 April 2020

The Citadel The Citadel, as we are more colloquially known to our service users, has been helping children and young people in the Leith area of Edinburgh since 1980. In recent times, our provision has focussed on youth clubs offering a wide range of social,

Community Organising at Pace

31 March 2020

I believe wholeheartedly in the power of community – to enable citizens to lead and to seek out local solutions to local issues. The current public health crisis facing communities across the world offers a unique opportunity to reveal the value of community,

Community & Covid-19

20 March 2020

We understand that Covid-19 is already changing and will profoundly change the experience of community and life in every local place in the UK. This research gives us a detailed account of the state of community on the brink of

Looking local

29 November 2019

ICS research sheds a new light on communities’ agenda for this general election In a general election dominated by big national issues, our new research looks at what matters to people in Britain: community. Over the last three months we’ve

Communities – nine ways to break them

28 October 2019

Originally published at: juliaunwin.com  All my working life the call has been for stronger communities. Communities that could – depending on fashion and decade – care for their neighbours, enable regeneration, manage their carbon footprints, be more resilient, engage in community

The Institute for Community Studies goes live.

15 October 2019

Two years after first discussing the idea of relaunching the Institute, today our Manifesto gives a fantastic summary of what’re we’re about and our mission. You can get a sense of all those collaborating on research in and with communities

History and the challenge of community today

15 October 2019

Based on the research I did for Me, Me, Me?: the Search for Community in Post-war England my historical starting point would be: There has never been a ‘golden age’ of community and Britain has been a strongly individualist society for generations

The word “community” is at risk of losing all meaning

15 October 2019

Over the years, it has become a staple in corporate-speak, and there seems to me a sad correlation between the rise of the word in marketing and the slow demise of community itself. Everyone now “cares about the community,” especially

The biggest challenge for politics, for all of us, is to reconnect community with place.

15 October 2019

The biggest challenge for politics, for all of us, is to reconnect community with place.  My job involves turning in places with my camera, spending a couple of days to take the temperature, then moving on. But In 2017 I


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