Community ownership of sports clubs can help to provide a focus for community building, create new opportunities for volunteering and investment and save money, writes James Mathie and Adam Brown. Sports clubs come in many shapes and sizes. Some...

Following on from the launch of Sport England's 'Club Matters' guidance, Sporting Assets' Tom Hall shares his experience of supporting communities take local control of valued sporting facilities. The three football leagues that organise amateur...

The link between poor housing and poor health has long been established. Steve Matthews explains how services are being integrated in order to tackle the problem in Blackpool Poor health has long been associated with poor housing. The Public Health...

This weekend, 3rd and 4th October, will mark the second Fun Palaces weekend. An opportunity for communities to come together, share skills, make art, discover science and generally have a great time. Fun Palaces' Kirsty Lothian, explains more Fun...

This audio is from a Public Sector Show session on creating better local services & stronger communities It covers: Changing the way public services are run - so that people get a service suited to them The transformation landscape - from national...

Crowdfunding has proved an innovative way to engage communities in distributing funds to projects across the city, writes Plymouth City Council's Hannah Sloggett. As a cooperative council, Plymouth City Council were looking to distribute the...

The Network has been helping Blackpool develop proposals to tackle transience and the resultant socio economic impact within the borough. Jennet Peters explains Blackpool's aims. Blackpool is the UK's largest seaside resort, attracting over 17...

Albert Joyce, part of the Department for Communities and Local Government's Community Mobilisation team, reports on the opening of Manchester-based F.C. United's new stadium and what can happen when dissatisfied but highly motivated football fans...

What happened to the Big Society? The conclusion of this report is that, despite some genuinely positive initiatives, the Big Society has failed to deliver against its original goals. Attempts to create more social action, to empower communities...

In 2014, the Public Service Transformation Network hosted their first webinar. The topic of discussion was strong communities. The aim of this webinar was to explore how communities can become partners in the design of services, but also in the...

The Network's Michael Contaldo reports back from the first Peer Assist event held by the Public Service Transformation Network. The aim of a “peer assist” is to bring together a small number of localities to share their experiences of a particular...

A report by Nesta demonstrating that community organisations can fundamentally change and challenge the way people think and interact with their own community, creating the right conditions for communities themselves to innovate and create...

Governance International is a website containing resources aimed at helping organisations co-produce better outcomes with citizens.

The Our Place programme lessons learnt on community engagement.

Report by Nesta bringing practical learning and evidence together on using co-design and co-delivery to create a health system driven by the people within it.

Inclusive Neighbourhoods provide resource on effectively designing, developing and implementing Local Area Coordination in the context of local communities.

IDeA report on an asset-based approach to community well being. Proposes assessing and building on the strengths and resources in a community to increase resilience and social capital, and to develop better ways of delivering outcomes.

New Economics Foundation report on the innovations which unlock communities' strengths and recognise that people with support needs can also be assets to their communities. Outlines seven principles for empowerement and inclusion.

Report by the Local Government Association Innovation Taskforce on setting out a path for sustainable public services that effectively meet people's needs. Calls for power to be dispersed to the localities to empower communities to take control of...

A community-based approach to reducing isolation within the older population. Trusted community members are recruited to be community agents who can provide easy access to a range of information to improve the quality of life for the older...

Over the last few weeks there have been various events with exciting activity on the theme of strong communities: an approach that is empowering the people who live, work and use services in a place to be equal partners in the design and provision...

Presentation from Neena Bhati, NCVO, focusing on how local statutory bodies can better engage with the voluntary and community sector in local decision-making and planning of services. Link downloads presentation.

Slides from Lucie Stephens from the New Economics Foundation on asset based approaches to enabling citizens and service users to co-design service outcomes and co-produce the services. Examples drawn from work done in Lambeth children’s services....

An example from Rebecca Malby, The Centre for Innovation in Health Management, detailing the journey of co-producing health in Leeds to achieve systematic improvement to drug and alcohol services. Link downloads presentation.

Insights on neighbourhood approaches to loneliness from Tracey Robbins, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Presentation from Catherine Mangan, University of Birmingham and Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, on co-production - what it can achieve and how it can be used. Link downloads the presentation