Sustainability in community organizing: lessons from the Community Organisers Programme in England (2011-2015)

Reynolds, Andie and Grimshaw, Lucy (2019) Sustainability in community organizing: lessons from the Community Organisers Programme in England (2011-2015). Sustainable Communities Review. ISSN 1094-835X (In Press)

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Abstract

This article presents findings from an impact evaluation case study of the UK Coalition government’s Community Organisers Programme (2011-2015). Whilst the program achieved some of its objectives, case study participants raised concerns of how sustainability was understood and practised. Five elements undermined the program’s sustainability: (i) a weak definition of sustainability; (ii) the short duration of the training contract; (iii) an over-emphasis on autonomy; (iv) insufficient training and support for volunteer community organizers, and (v) a lack of progression opportunities. The article concludes the lack of conceptualization of sustainability within the program, and the Coalition government’s commitment to austerity, enfeebled a trailblazing experimentation with state-funded community organizing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community organising, Coalition government, sustainability, Sustainable development, austerity
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2019 10:38
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 10:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39020

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