The Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme was a new way of supporting communities to thrive, in a borough where health inequalities are rife. It imagined a new type of relationship between institutions and residents, and a change to who has control over local health and wellbeing priorities. It focused on working in an open way and moving away from traditional programme delivery models. This report explores our journey as a programme taking a ‘systems thinking’ approach, working to build strong relationships, equalising power, and continuously reflecting and learning. It covers CDC to pre-Covid and highlights the importance of working with all players of the system – individuals, groups, charities, service providers, local authorities and more to support communities.

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Posted on: 24 December 2020 Authors: Isabel Young, Zoë Wilkins,

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