Harnessing self-help to combat social exclusion

Colin C Williams and Jan Windebank

Based on interviews with 400 households, this report contains much that challenges current perceptions of this area.

The research reveals that jobless households participate in less household work, DIY and paid informal exchange than employed households and are less able to call upon others for help. The report identifies the barriers they face including lack of money, equipment, time, skills, confidence and social networks.

The researchers conclude that there is a pressing need for self-help to be developed as an additional tool for tackling social exclusion, to complement the traditional measures which rely solely on employment creation.