New research on the role that the VCSE sector played during the coronavirus suggests that community organisations should be trusted to lead the post-pandemic recovery.
Published by Locality, “We Were Built For This” explores how community organisations reacted and adapted to the challenges of the crisis.
More than 100 organisations contributed to the report, which includes case studies from seven organisations across England – one of which is Knowle West Alliance in Bristol.
The report’s findings include:
As a result of the findings, Locality and its partners are calling on the government to:
Support a community-powered economic recovery
Create collaborative public services that unlock community power
Turn community spirit into community power
Locality is encouraging all those who agree with the findings to get in touch with their MP using its pre-prepared email template.
“Our recommendations show how the promised Community Ownership Fund and future economic development funding can be used to drive forward a community powered economic recovery which achieves renewal and growth while tackling entrenched inequality,” said Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Locality.
“Taken together these recommendations are radical, but common sense. They would deliver much of the Prime Minister’s ambition to level up the country, build self-reliant and resilient communities and bounce back stronger from the crisis.”