A ‘Resilient Communities’ report has brought together the findings of a national cross-sector conference on the topic attended at the start of 2020 by our CEO Clare Wightman.
The report also incorporates the latest research into opportunities to foster social cohesion in communities during and after disruptive events – arguably never needed more than at this moment.
Clare’s participation in the February event, jointly hosted by Cumberland Lodge and The Young Foundation, brought ‘Collaborative Local Citizenship’ to the national table from our own Grapevine perspective here in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Collaboration Station features as a case study in the report (page 71) – you can read an abridged version of Clare’s presentation to the conference audience here.
“Shared community spaces strengthen and unite a community’s collective power, which can, in turn, influence and change the vertical power structures that influence local and national decision-making.”
Resilient Communities report by Dr Sinead Fitzsimons from Cambridge University and Cumberland Lodge
The report is both timely and relevant and it is anticipated that the recommendations within it will prove useful now as we build back better together.
Collaboration Station #11 (it’s been almost one year since the first!) next takes place on Wednesday 19 August from 5.30 – 7pm.
We’d love to see more people join us online, helping to accelerate activity and strengthen Coventry for what’s next. Come and get involved!
If sharing your views feels a bit intimidating at first, just experience it – there are options to still interact without saying a word, from hand drawn signs to the chat box. Our hosts are building people-powered community action and you don’t have to be an expert to have ideas, make suggestions and be valuable.
If you’re not on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org (for the attention of Gemma) for the Zoom link.