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Pigeons on Scaffolding
by Caroline McGregor and Pat Dolan  |  20th September 2021

Caroline McGregor and Pat Dolan consider the dichotomy of social work being both a force for change as well as being complicit in reinforcing social, health and economic inequalities.…Read more

Paint slowly getting overtaken by blue.
by Richard Ward Andrew Clark and Lyn Phillipson  |  15th September 2021

Richard Ward, Andrew Clark and Lyn Phillipson consider WHO’s new toolkit for dementia-friendly initiatives, which looks beyond medicalised approaches to how communities can adapt to managing those with dementia. …Read more

A table covered in paintbrushes and paint.
by Rosie Meade and Mae Shaw  |  13th September 2021

Rosie Meade and Mae Shaw argue for why arts and culture shouldn’t be seen as extravagant extras, and how and why they are so valuable to community development across the world.…Read more

Girl standing outside the fence of a park.
by Taliah Drayak  |  9th August 2021

Taliah Drayak outlines some of the new online links made during the pandemic to support vulnerable groups, but also the struggles faced by parents living apart from their children who didn’t have access to the internet.…Read more

People gardening.

Henry Tam shows how community-generated improvements can only achieve success when there is genuine collaboration with public bodies and commitment to a long-term partnership. …Read more

by Henry Tam  |  30th July 2021

Based on 'Tomorrow’s Communities', edited by Henry Tam, this policy briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around how systematic community cooperation can bring about positive changes in terms of inclusion, sustainability and personal wellbeing.…Read more

Crouching person with mask in in red lights
by Katy Goldstraw  |  26th July 2021

APLE Collective explains the participatory activism carried out during the pandemic which has been the basis of its new book Socially Distanced Activism. …Read more

Homeless man asleep in a doorway.

"In one of the richest countries in the world, there is no need for people to be homeless at all." Tim Wakeman outlines a solution to the UK's homelessness crisis. …Read more

Muslim family walking down a street.
by Peter Hopkins  |  14th July 2021

With the launch of the report of the first ever inquiry into Islamophobia in Scotland, Peter Hopkins, Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University and author of the report, discusses the key findings and what should change.…Read more

Typewriter and the words 'Stories matter'
by Tracey Herrington  |  12th July 2021

Tracey Herrington introduces Thrive Teesside’s 'The Spirit of Teesside', a collective piece of writing that offers unique insights into the experiences of women living and working in Teesside.…Read more