This is somewhere I want to stay: The voluntary sector's contribution to place-shaping

Peter Molyneux

This discussion paper explores the complex and richly varied way in which the voluntary sector can contribute to the development of resilient neighbourhoods.

This paper has its origins in a series of discussions that took place at Ditchley Park in September 2006. It develops the themes from that event and describes a role for the voluntary sector which is both creative and challenging. A sector which is actively engaged in place-shaping is one that is well connected, speaks with an authentic voice and engages with service delivery, while not being constrained by it.

A strong voluntary and community sector can contribute to creative place-shaping, helping to create neighbourhoods in which people wish to stay. This paper offers a challenge to all those who are engaged in the development of place.