Six guiding principles

We have developed six guiding principles for councils looking to make community action work. Each includes tips for effective working; things to look out for; and questions for councillors and officers to ask as they plan, implement and review community action initiatives.

Every community is different. The ideas outlined here are general principles, and local action should reflect the particular needs of the community you are working with – whether that community is defined by geography (such as a ward) or a specific group (such as older people).