People and Communities

We are partnering with six communities across England and Wales in long-term work designed to support transformational change in those places.

We are developing an evidence-based approach together with our partners in each place to come together collectively with their existing assets and resource to address issues in their local area.  This work involves people who fund services in the broadest sense (so including trusts and foundations, but also statutory funders), people who deliver services (including small local charities and community-based organisations), and people who need those services and live in local communities. 


It involves a set of core approaches including thinking about the relationships between people, organisations and sectors; recognizing and working with power dynamics; involving the community and working with the assets in a place, and staying with the work through potentially challenging and uncertain times.


We are working with our partners in our six communities to pilot models of cross-sector training networks. Our vision is that these locally based networks will include charities and community groups, SMEs and statutory bodies, we hope by using training sessions, active learning and sharing skills we can help build stronger relationships between the sectors and a self-sustaining training and support network.



During the crisis that has arisen as a result of COVID 19, we have adapted our work to take account of the new context and the reduced capacity of partners to engage in long term work as they respond to the crisis.  As a result of this, we have developed work alongside our partners in each place that:

  • Supports the sector by engaging and supporting infrastructure and bringing development tools to support through our Enhance programme
  • Brings resource to support partners to think through the recovery and build back from the crisis
  • Facilitates and catalyses conversations using the core approaches we’ve identified for the long term, as part of working to build back better