Volunteering and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic

7 June 2021 | Authors: Victoria Boelman,

We were delighted to have worked with The Wales Centre for Public Policy to undertake a rapid scan and synthesis of the evidence which has emerged over the last year on the relationship between volunteering (both formal and informal), and

The Covid decade: understanding the long-term societal impacts of Covid-19.

7 April 2021 | Authors:

The Institute of Community Studies is delighted to have contributed to The British Academy’s timely evidence review to understand the long-term societal impacts of COVID-19. It makes sobering reading for any who thought the end of the pandemic would see

Amplify Youth: putting young people at the heart of social change

22 January 2021 | Authors: Isabel Young, Zoë Wilkins,

Amplify Youth was a programme funded by Credit Suisse and delivered by The Young Foundation. We worked with young people aged 16-25 in challenging areas of East London, Dublin and Belfast. Our aim was to tackle the structural inequality experienced

Communities Driving Change: our journey to systemic change

24 December 2020 | Authors: Isabel Young, Zoë Wilkins,

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

Communities Driving Change: shifting local systems

23 December 2020 | Authors: Isabel Young, Zoë Wilkins,

The Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change (CDC) programme supported residents to take action for improved health and wellbeing in their communities. It involved hearing about the issues which matter to them, co-designing and developing grassroots solutions, and connecting them with

Communities Driving Change: Covid-19 response to recovery

21 December 2020 | Authors: Isabel Young, Nasima Begum, Zain Ali, Zoë Wilkins,

In the summer of 2020, the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change (CDC) team at The Young Foundation came together with FutureGov to understand how communities were responding to the public health challenge of Covid-19. We explored how we could work

Navigating uncertainty and remaining resilient: the experience of community businesses during Covid-19

10 December 2020 | Authors: Eve Avdoulos, Victoria Boelman, Zoë Wilkins,

Funded by Power to Change, this Community Businesses and COVID-19 report explores the impacts of Covid-19 on community businesses in England and the ways they adapted in response. Community businesses provide support to communities all over the country. They are

Social cohesion in Barking and Dagenham: participatory approaches

9 December 2020 | Authors: Jana Tauschinski, Victoria Boelman, Zoë Wilkins,

A report reflecting interviews, storytelling events, innovation workshops and creative research in Barking and Dagenham, 2018-2020

Let the roll-out begin – vaccine hesitancy, dilemmas and division  

4 December 2020 | Authors: Alice Bell, Eve Avdoulos, Jana Tauschinski, Victoria Boelman,

As part of our Covid-19 and Community Life study, generously funded by a Wellcome Trust public engagement grant, we are excited to be sharing the fourth snapshot of our insights in a new report on vaccines.  Download the report In recent weeks, the news

Positioning peer research in a policy context

23 November 2020 | Authors: Caroline Yang, Zoe Dibb,

Using urban and youth policy case studies, this report focuses on peer research and co-production through citizen engagement.

Covid-19 and community life: the people’s strategy

29 October 2020 | Authors: Alice Bell, Eve Avdoulos, Jana Tauschinski, Victoria Boelman,

As new restrictions are implemented across the UK, over two-thirds of participants reported feeling as though the government have been handling the coronavirus pandemic badly. But what would they do differently? We asked 125 people across the country to imagine

Peer research in the UK

23 October 2020 | Authors: Caroline Yang, Zoe Dibb,

This report provides a comprehensive introduction to peer research methodology and advocates for its value as a legitimate and insightful approach.


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