Councils across England are exploring new ways to involve their communities in the design and delivery of local services through community action.
Community action includes a broad range of activities and is sometimes described as ‘social action' or ‘community engagement'.
There are numerous strategic drivers for community action, many of which are interconnected. These include financial need, direct benefits to the community from a greater involvement in service delivery, and political and strategic need.
We have developed six guiding principles for councils looking to make community action work.