Abstracts: January 13th, 2004

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister commissioned the Community Development Foundation to review government guidance on community involvement in the context of Urban Renaissance and urban policy generally. This report set out the findings. Community participation aims to develop a community ‘voice’ that enables communities to participate in decision-making and increase the accountability of service providers. The aim is to increase the confidence and capacity of individuals and small groups to get involved in activities and build mutually supportive networks that hold communities together.Key findings include: developing national, regional and local level objectives to distinguish the differing forms of community involvement such as building social capital, maximising engagement in local decision making, facilitating different types of service provision and building up local economic activity and social enterprise.

The full report, Searching for Solid Foundations – Community Involvement and Urban Policy. ISBN 1 85112 660 0, is available at http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_urbanpolicy/documents/sourc e/odpm_urbpol_source_024148.doc