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Seeing and doing: learning, resources and social networks below the radar

Working paper based on a series of pilot interviews with 15 community groups that began their activities as informal or 'below the radar' community organisations, aims to explore:

  • What types of resources, social networks and skills do communities harness to reach their goals?
  • How do they acquire those skills and resources?
  • What can exploring the social networks involved in delivering community actions tell us about how community groups emerge, develop and evolve?
  • What kinds of policy and practice is needed to support access to the kinds of social networks, resources and skills that community groups need to get on in their local contexts?
Angus McCabe
Jenny Phillimore
Third Sector Research Centre