This report summarises the main discussion points and recommendations that were generated at a seminar held by the Young Foundation, bassac and CDF in December 2005, to discuss the role for voluntary and community organisations, activists and residents, in new proposals for neighbourhood governance.
The purpose of the seminar was to bring together a wide range of community practitioners, local organisations, and umbrella groups that represent the community and voluntary sectors to discuss the opportunities and issues arising from the government’s neighbourhoods agenda. Our aim was to capture a spread of opinions about the potential for neighbourhood governance, to explore obstacles that need to be overcome to make greater neighbourhood empowerment a practical reality, and to generate ideas and innovations that can be used to create practical and effective policy recommendations.
The seminar and report are part of the Young Foundation’s Transforming Neighbourhoods project, an ongoing programme of research and innovation to develop practical and effective ways to empower neighbourhoods. The programme involves a consortium of partners from local and central government, umbrella organisations and the third sector.