Guide to help local groups build community

Together for the Common Good has published a free Guide to help local groups build on the great community spirit that emerged during lockdown.

Let’s Continue to Build Community helps local groups consolidate neighbourly relationships.

The Guide includes four short sessions that lead to a simple action plan agreed by those involved. These sessions can be run online or in person and are designed to bring together people who despite different backgrounds, life experiences and opinions are prepared to collaborate for the good of the neighbourhood. Everyone participating has an equal voice and leadership of the group can be shared, so there’s no need for one person to do it all.

Framed around ‘Common Good’ principles, the sessions provide an opportunity to encourage open conversation and mutual responsibility, building on goodwill already existing in the community.

For each session, the Guide has a short piece to read in advance, and questions to prompt discussion and action. The sessions are not a series of lectures nor a set of neat and tidy answers, but a framework for constructive conversation and practical action. There are full instructions and tips on preparing for and running the sessions.

‘During the crisis, you have probably been connecting with many people and organisations across your community. Why not gather a group to take that energy forward?’, asks Alison Gelder from Together for the Common Good.

‘We saw great community spirit emerging during lockdown and we don’t want to lose it. As the fallout of the pandemic unfolds, we’ll need to continue to work together to strengthen our neighbourhoods. This is a new resource we are offering to help people at this time – please try it’, said Jenny Sinclair, director of Together for the Common Good.

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