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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

The Resilience Illusion

Date: December 05 2012

Posted by: Nina Mguni

It was late in the evening as we ascended the steep slopes of Les Roquetes. With its winding streets, outdoor escalators and hilltop views, this Barcelona neighbourhood resembled a favela. We arrived at our destination, a little community hall, and were met by several members of the local neighbourhood committee. They were a feisty bunch,... Find out more

Squeezed Out?

Date: November 22 2012

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Last week I met a young woman who was proud of her home and her child. She was on her own and had been through a difficult time when pregnant, living in a one-room studio with a couple who were drinking heavily. She had gone to the local council (in London) for help as homeless... Find out more

Urgent need for innovation in placemaking

Date: October 22 2012

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

As the UK Government sets out its plans to accelerate housebuilding to meet soaring demand for homes in England, there is an urgent need to find ways of making sure that the new places that are created as a result of the current policy drive become the thriving communities of the future, rather than expensive... Find out more

Bringing Positive Psychology to the Streets of Jaffna

Date: October 10 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Armed with ten thousand postcards with happy smiling faces printed on them, a team of counsellors, psychosocial workers and I are hitting the streets of the Jaffna, Sri Lanka on a busy Wednesday morning. Our aim is to raise awareness about positive mental health and wellbeing. Today is World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2012, an... Find out more

Community Activism: Making Change Happen

Date: July 31 2012

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Our Building Local Activism programme, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, is supporting communities to develop their capability to instigate and sustain local activism, gaining power and influence over the decisions that affect them. One aspect of Building Local Activism is scaling up models of community activism that have already proven successful, to promote them across a wider scope.

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Say Cheese Please!

Date: July 16 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

It’s two in the afternoon on Poya Day or Full Moon Day in Sri Lanka, thirty one degree heat, and I am surrounded by children’s laughter and constant chatter. We are circling the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna district, studiously taking photos of the things we think... Find out more

Finding a home to rent in Hackney: hypothetical housing benefits turn out to be just that

Date: June 19 2012

Posted by: Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Usually we’re not encouraged to go trawling property websites during working hours, yet last Friday three Citizens Advice volunteers, one Young Foundation intern and I were doing just this and hunting for flats in Hackney. We were each in receipt of a hypothetical Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and aiming to better understand the private rental... Find out more

What to do with £400 million?

Date: June 06 2012

Posted by: Tricia Hackett

That is the estimated amount going into economic development and regeneration in north Tottenham from the Haringey Council, GLA, and Spurs in the coming years. The role of the local community in these regeneration plans is very much in the spotlight, more so now post-riots. Research carried out by the Young Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation... Find out more