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Lancashire: new approaches to empowerment, cohesion and equalities

Summary Lancashire County Council's Equalities and Cohesion team have designed a toolkit. It helps officers to consider the equality implications of prioritised activities within the local area agreement (LAA). It can then help set actions to narrow the gaps between different groups of people.

Rural conversations on empowerment, cohesion and equalities

The IDeA asked Irene Evison from ‘Resources for Change' to explore approaches to community empowerment and community cohesion. She was also asked to consider the extent to which these approaches in policy and practice differ from those adopted in urban environments.

Participatory appraisal in South Tyneside neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood appraisal and action planning in South Tyneside: piloting a participatory appraisal approach Summary

Salford: regenerating the inner city

The Seedley and Langworthy Trust (SALT) is a community-driven development trust. The trust works in partnership with Salford City Council, statutory organisations and other partners in an inner city area of Salford that is being regenerated.

Empowerment in Liverpool: the black and other racial minority network

Summary Liverpool City Council has set up the Black and other Racial Minority Network (BRMN) in Liverpool. This has brought a wide spectrum of community groups together. They act as a voice for the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in the city.

Wrexham: empowerment, in-migration and community cohesion

Summary Wrexham County Borough Council has developed a unified, multi-agency cohesion strategy. This aims to provide a wide variety of activities to meet the needs of local communities. These include recent migrants from Europe and asylum seekers.

Mainstreaming empowerment across Brighton and Hove

Residents' involvement in the design of a small branch library on the outskirts of Brighton has been an inspiration for the LSP. This case study shows how the council, along with other partners across the city, has developed a city-wide approach to engagement activities.

Southwark Council: the 'Choice and Liveability' street improvements project

Southwark Council's ‘Choice and Liveability' project is an example of how councils can involve residents in street improvements. The project was a pilot that involved just four streets. However, as it worked well, the council has now committed to funding similar neighbourhood consultations for all future street improvements.

Transforming Neighbourhoods

Transforming Neighbourhoods was a two-year programme of research, innovation and practical action carried out by the Young Foundation, with support from the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), between April 2005 and March 2007.

The evolution of a neighbourhood management service

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham This article is the first in a series that will follow the progress made by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham towards a new, borough-wide neighbourhood management (NM) service.