This report on Community Power by New Local is based on the principle that communities have a wealth of knowledge and assets within themselves, which if understood and nurtured by practitioners and policymakers, has the potential to strengthen resilience and enable prevention-focused public services.
It identifies 6 benefits of Community Power and draws on extensive existing evidence to set out their impact against a wide range of initiatives and make recommendations to embed community power.
Closely aligned to the framework set out in our CollaborAGE Directory, the 6 benefits are:
- Individual health and wellbeing
- Community wellbeing & resilience
- Democratic participation & trust
- Community cohesion
- Preventative and public services, and
- Financial Savings