social inclusion

Paper summarising the main findings of an interim evaluation of the Scottish Executive's Closing the Opportunity Gap (CtOG) social inclusion strategy.

The study assessed initial progress towards achieving CtOG aims, objectives and targets up to 2007. The research encompassed secondary analysis of CtOG monitoring data, survey analysis and interviews with key stakeholders.

Report drawing attention to the plight of adults with complex problems and multiple needs and calling for the reconfiguration of services, policies and thinking to better reflect the experience of such people and the strategic thinking required to meet their needs.

Report of a study which assessed the quality and accessibility of greenspaces and community facilities such as halls and leisure centres across two socially contrasting areas of the city of Glasgow.

Paper putting forward a model for closing the gap between improved outcomes in the short term and laying sustainable foundations for social inclusion over the long term. It suggests connecting people with wider opportunities to find and keep work as a means of enabling people to maintain integration after an initial success in escaping homelessness.

Paper from the Social Care Institute for Excellence containing its response to European Commission proposals to establish a European mental health strategy. The response emphasised the relevance of mental health to economic prosperity, quality of life and social inclusion.

Handbook offering guidance to grassroots practitioners on the process of designing a project or product which uses technology-enhanced learning to encourage and promote social justice.

Booklet summarising the results of the evaluation of the second phase of the Youth Inclusion Programme, an initiative begun in 2000 as part of the Youth Justice Board's strategy to tackle youth crime.

Report making the case for life skills training taking a central role in the provision of support and services for people at risk of social exclusion if these services are to be properly effective. It discusses the correct definition of life skills and presents a case study of a project for homeless people which has incorporated life skills development into its services.

The government published the new drug strategy in February 2008. Since then there has been a great deal of progress, with drug use now down to its lowest level in more than a decade. However, there is still more to be done and the government is determined that the action it takes should meet the priorities and needs of local communities.

Report of a research project in which three UK cities, Cardiff, Preston and Swindon, were explored in order to reveal the processes by which the public life of cities more generally might be re-energised.