Report from faith social action conference

Third Sector Research Centre has published a report of the ‘Faith in Social Action: Where Next?‘ conference held at the University of Westminster in May 2016. The event fed back findings from the Centre’s Faith in Social Action research and explored the future role of faith and inter-faith work in austere times.

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Health, faith and social action

Some research and resources on health and care, faith and health, faith and social action.

Voluntary sector strengths needed in health and care

New from think tank NPC, ‘Untapped potential: Bringing the voluntary sector’s strengths to health and care transformation‘. With the health and care system in a state of flux, the voluntary and community sector needs to make a strategic case for its inclusion in the design and delivery of the future health system.

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Informal approach crucial for inclusive community participation

New from Third Sector Research Centre is Briefing Paper 136: ‘Blending, Braiding and Balancing: Combining formal and informal modes of social action’.

Its introduction says

The interplay between formal and informal ways of organising for collective action generates several tensions and anomalies; some reflecting power differentials, others due to cultural differences. Formal procedures and structures tend to be regarded by policy makers and public officials as the optimal or default mode. This paper questions that view, arguing that informal processes are crucial and beneficial for inclusive community participation at grassroots level.

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Learning from Community Organisers, Urban Forum

The Community Organisers programme was funded by the government, and the Cabinet Office commissioned evaluation work. This began in October 2012 and the final assessment report was published in December 2015 (there is also “a near final assessment” summary report from March).

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