Investigating risk and trust in everyday relationships where support happens.
What would help people to feel confident when making decisions about supporting each other? How can we encourage communities to be kinder?
Most support and care happens in informal (e.g. family, friends) and semi-formal (e.g. volunteering) relationships, and is likely to increasingly happen as society ages. These are some of the most complex and least well-understood areas, with a clear connection to wider societal concerns about trust, kindness, generosity, solidarity and the common good.
The programme aims to:
To read more about this programme, read our Investigations (160KB, PDF).
Read a summary of the main programme outputs and ongoing work (230KB, PDF).
The programme will run for 3.5 years (January 2012-June 2015) and will:
This programme builds on a scoping programme exploring the connected themes of rights, responsibilities, risk and regulation in the lives of (younger and older) adults who use care and support. To read papers from the scoping programme see Key publications (right).
The Risk, Trust and Relationships programme links closely to JRF’s Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness programme.
JRF has funded a research project to explore how four community groups participating in the Loneliness programme navigated the ‘risk landscape’ when they engaged in community action.
Two of the key challenges from the research are:
The full research report by red Consultancy will be published in early 2014.
A Can Do Guide brings together the learning from the four community groups’ experience and highlights ways to access help.