Lending a hand: The value of 'light touch' support in empowering communities

Marilyn Taylor, Mandy Wilson, Pete Wilde, Derrick Purdue

An interim evaluation of the JRF’s Neighbourhood Programme.

In January 2003, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation launched its Neighbourhood Programme. A new departure for the Foundation, this sought to support community empowerment not through a major funding programme but through ‘light touch’ support and networking. The Programme – which works with 20 groups and projects at neighbourhood level and covers England, Scotland and Wales – will continue until June 2006. This summary has been written by the team evaluating the Programme and highlights the lessons so far. The findings include lessons for a wider audience of residents, neighbourhood practitioners and policy makers at local, regional and national levels. A related summary, Evaluating community projects: A practical guide is also available.

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