Why it matters
Locally led community organisations play a vital part role in creating thriving communities. Their local knowledge and connections can be the deciding factor in whether project succeeds or vital resources reach the correct people.
Areas that lack grassroots community groups have worse outcomes for health, higher levels of social isolation, lower quality of life and fewer employment opportunities and skills – even when compared to other deprived neighbourhoods. These areas also have fewer people with the right tools and skills or social connections needed to create these groups. Many places also lack the decent physical infrastructure, like community buildings and green spaces, to sustain them.