communities

Tracking neighbourhoods : the Economic Deprivation Index 2008

Report explaining what the Economic Deprivation Index is and how it can be used to track deprived neighbourhoods in England over time.

Drugs and poverty : a literature review

Report of a study which carried out a five day review of the literature dealing with the links between poverty, social exclusion and problematic drug use with the aim of determining the strength of the association between the extent of drug problems and a range of social and economic inequalities.

Start with people : how community organisations put citizens in the driving seat

Report of a study which set out to gather evidence regarding the effects of citizen participation and whether involvement in community organisations assists people to connect with wider society. It also explored the processes at work in these organisations which allowed them to engage with citizens effectively.

In from the margins: making every adult matter

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.

Breaking through: healthy living centres, removing barriers to wellbeing

Series of articles describing the work of healthy living centres (HLCs) in Scotland and discussing how they can help communities change and grow and bring local people together to participate in new activities and opportunities.

Guidance on meaningful interaction: how encouraging positive relationships between people can help build community cohesion

This guidance is Communities and Local Government's first attempt to set out what we know about meaningful interaction, based on research findings and the views of expert practitioners. It is aimed at local cohesion practitioners and policy planners and includes some good practice.

It's more than just the park : facilitators and barriers to the use of urban greenspace

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.

The right to move : a new agenda for social housing tenants

Report arguing for the introduction of a 'right to move' for social housing tenants whereby landlords would be required to sell their present property and replace it with one of the tenant's choice. The report envisages the benefits of such a policy including increased employment and educational opportunities for tenants.

Dying to belong: an in-depth review of street gangs in Britain

This report presents an overview of the landscape of gangs and gang culture in Britain. It attempts to analyse the nature and scale of gang culture in Britain; who is involved and what they are involved in; how Britain has reached this point; and what society can do to tackle it. The report also aims to formulate a clear unifying definition of a gang, distinguishing it from the everyday activity of young people on the street.

Recovery and communities of recovery (IN Drink and Drugs News)

This article, see page 15 of the magazine, by Professor David Clark introduces the work of William White and colleagues in the USA on the subject of recovery in the substance misuse field.