communities

The role and impact of social capital on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents: a systematic review

Report that presents results from a systematic review of the literature on the role and impact of social capital on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents.

Appreciating assets

Report that is the outcome of a nine-month inquiry process, initiated at an international event in London in November 2009. The event focused on the applicability, challenges and potential of utilising asset-based approaches in an UK/Irish context.

Reality, resources, resilience: regeneration in a recession

Paper that looks at how the recession is impacting upon disadvantaged communities in Scotland; summarises experience and practical initiatives in two contrasting case study neighbourhoods; explores how communities and partner agencies are responding; and asks what opportunities are presented by the distinct Scottish policy context.

Building community capacity

This Key Issue no.6, from Research in Practice for Adults is aimed at social care practitioners and managers. It explains what we mean by social capital and its importance as part of social care transformation. It brings together some of the key learning from the Building Community Capacity project, part of the Think Local Act Personal Partnership, and gives examples of best practice from across the country in supporting strong communities. Report published in April 2012.

Public dialogue and deliberation: a communication perspective for public engagement practitioners

Booklet which introduces a summarised, communication-focussed view of various approaches to public dialogue and deliberation. It brings together ideas from various disciplines and fields of practice to explore how they can be put to work towards meaningful public engagement.

Local Government Information Unit

Think tank and membership organisation with a mission to strengthen local democracy to put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services.

Communities that cook: a systematic review of the effectiveness and appropriateness of interventions to introduce adults to home cooking

Concerns over the health implications of poor diets, and claims for links between cooking and social connectedness, have led to heightened interest in the UK public’s ability to cook. There has been a focus recently on community-based, ‘home cooking’ courses aimed at adults. This review aimed to explore the range of these courses evaluated in the UK; and to synthesise findings about outcomes and appropriateness. Evidence summary published by the EPPI-Centre in 2012.

Creating a dementia-friendly York

This report considers how York can become a more dementia-friendly city. While York is responding positively in many ways to the needs of people with dementia, there is still much to do to make sure that people can live well with dementia.

Assets in action: illustrating asset based approaches for health improvement

Research that profiles the work of 19 projects with the aim of illustrating how asset-based approaches are being supplied in Scotland.

The case studies highlight the key characteristics of asset-based working and demonstrate the strengths and challenges of the approach for individuals, the wider community and project staff.

Volunteering: unlocking the real wealth of people and communities

Report produced for social care organisations, in collaboration with some of its partners – In Control, Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS), Shared Lives Plus and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).