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Researching community responses to COVID-19: a methodological note

Repository entry 1 October 2020

Local Trust commissioned a team of researchers, led by the Third Sector Research Centre, to undertake a study exploring how communities react to, cope with and recover from COVID-19. The aim of the study is to learn, in real time, how different communities have and are responding to the impact of COVID-19, how they make this happen and how they…

Think Big, Act Small: Elinor Ostrom’s Radical Vision for Community Power

Repository entry 1 October 2020

Elinor Ostrom is the intellectual hero of the community power movement. She humanised the study of economics and politics and discovered what is possible, and the problems that can be solved, when we trust each other. In this new piece of work, New Local’s Dr Simon Kaye explores her ideas, and presents their lessons for the UK today.

Trading Up: Match Trading® for Community Businesses as a powerful incentive for regeneration post-COVID

Repository entry 1 October 2020

This report demonstrates the impact of the Community Business Trade Up programme, a five year, £6.5million support programme aimed at strengthening community businesses. The aim of the programme is to help participants increase their trading income, build an entrepreneurial mindset, reduce grant dependency and be financially sustainable. Run b…

Understanding a maturing community shares market

Repository entry 1 October 2020

This paper is the first of two reports by Co-operatives UK reviewing the community shares market. The community shares investment model has become a popular approach to raising finance and since 2012, £155 million has been raised by over 103,000 people to save and create more than 440 vital spaces and services. This report comprises of communi…

Covid-19 and community life: divided we stand?

Publication 30 September 2020

As part of our Covid-19 Community Life study, generously supported by a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement grant, this report is the first snapshot of insights. As the pandemic arrived on UK shores, the country was already sharply divided. We had

Torquay: the Covid challenge to a coastal community

Blog 29 September 2020

A recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies names Torbay – alongside the Isle of Wight – as the most vulnerable in England because of deprivation, an elderly population, and the high number of tourism and hospitality businesses. My

The shoebox and the season ticket

Blog 28 September 2020

Over the last three to four years we have collectively been increasingly focused on place; both as a way of framing the inherent complexity and interconnectedness of today’s social challenges but also because of the huge inequalities which exist across and within different regions across the UK.

Leaders are waking up to value of listening and humbleness

Blog 25 September 2020

At the third and final Inclusive Economy Partnership BOOST engagement event last week we heard something quite magical from the range of leaders who spoke.

The problem of language in collective evidence with communities

Blog 25 September 2020

The Institute for Communities model is challenging and inventing a new way of expanding what counts as evidence; bringing together: A rapid evidence assessment of the academic and grey literature A call for evidence of examples of innovative or unpublished practice,

Report unveils innovation in the private rented sector

News 22 September 2020

The Young Foundation unveils the findings from its ‘Reimagining Rent’ accelerator. Over the past three years, the project has worked with mission-driven entrepreneurs to improve outcomes for those who rent, discovering the impact they make and the challenges they face.

Reimagining Rent: Social Innovation in the Private Rented Sector

Publication 21 September 2020

Over the last decade, almost two million new households have begun renting privately. The Private Rented Sector is growing rapidly but it is quickly having to meet new needs as increasing numbers of families with children, older people and those

The Young Academy Investment Fund matures

News 8 September 2020

The Young Academy Investment Fund was established to fill a gap in the finance available to early stage start–ups which were attempting to revolutionise the education system.


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