NQSW resource - Outcome statement 11: Community capacity building
Community capacity building: Key resources
Take some time now to explore our list of key resources and websites that may be of use in helping you think about professional development and accountability. These have been selected based on the criteria outlined in About this resource.
See also the full List of policy and legislation relevant to all outcome statements (PDF file).
These have been organised into:
- BME Capacity Building Project (The Learning Partnership)
- Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
- Reaching out: an action plan on social exclusion (PDF) (Cabinet office)
- Reward and recognition: the principles and practice of service user payment and reimbursement in health and social care (Department of Health)
- Good practice in social care for refugees and asylum seekers Pointers for good practice: organisational foundations (SCIE)
- Think family: improving the life chances of families at risk (PDF) (Cabinet office)
Click on the title to see more information.
Community-based day activities and supports for people with learning disabilities (Guide, 2007)Open
Research shows that community capacity building requires a strategic approach because it is about more than just supporting people to be present in the community. Just doing an activity in a community setting does not mean people are achieving social inclusion. This guide explores what is happening in practice and gives practice examples.
Dignity in care – social inclusion in practice (Guide, 2006)Open
This guide focuses on research and policy and contains ideas for putting social inclusion into practice.
Implementing the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 Assessment of carers – developing local resources (Guide, 2005)Open
Support is needed for community groups to develop their skills, knowledge and abilities to enable them to get involved in local service development. This guide explores key research and policy findings, practice points, and ideas for practice in relation to capacity building for carers.
Leadership for personalisation and social inclusion in mental health (Report, 2009)Open
This report is aimed at those involved in developing, providing and leading personalisation and social inclusion for mental health. It explores three key questions:
- What is at the heart of the personalisation and social inclusion challenge in the mental health context?
- What are the leadership challenges in transforming mental health social care to deliver more personalised support, inclusion and care choices?
- What therefore are the implications for the development of leaders and leadership?
Participation (Social care TV 2010)Open
This video shows how Manchester adult social care services are involving service users and carers.
Personalisation: a rough guide (Report, 2008, updated in 2010)Open
This guide aims to tell the story so far about the personalisation of adult social care services.
Seldom heard: developing inclusive participation in social care (Position paper, 2008)Open
This paper focuses on four groups: homeless people with addiction problems, people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, people with communication impairments, and people with dementia.
Good practice in social care for refugees and asylum seekers – Pointers for good practice: organisational foundations (Guide, 2010) Open
The social care needs of asylum seekers and refugees are intertwined with needs in relation to health, housing, benefits, social support and education. This guide explores good practice and provides ideas for future strategic development.
The participation of adult service users, including older people, in developing social care – economic and cultural barriers (Guide, 2007)Open
This guide provides several useful examples of how to involve service users in the development of adult social care.
How social networks power and sustain the Big Society (2010)TITLEOpen
This report argues for a different approach to community regeneration by using research on how social networks affect behaviour and wellbeing. It describes the first year of the connected communities project in New Cross Gate in southeast London, and in Knowle West, Bristol.
It could help in your explanation of how you identify or define ‘community’ and how social networks can contribute to building capacity.
You may also like to explore information about social networks and health: http://roybal.iq.harvard.edu/pages/social_networks.html
Benefit barriers to involvement – finding solutions (Commission for Social Care Inspection, 2007)Open
The term 'benefit barriers to involvement' is used to describe the ways in which the current benefit system discourages or prevents people in receipt of benefits from getting involved in the community.
BME Capacity Building Project (Learning in communities)Open
The BME Capacity Building Project aims to strengthen 15 black and ethnic minority (BME) community groups in Bedfordshire and Luton by building their capacity to access funding.
Building community capacity: resources for community learning and development practice (Scottish Government, 2007)Open
This guide brings together frameworks, tools and other materials that may be helpful for community learning and development. It includes:
- why community capacity building is important
- the outcomes of community capacity building
- how community capacity building relates to other aspects of practice
- how to take forward a community capacity building programme.
Building community capacityOpen
Case studies related to building community capacity can be found on the Think Local Act Personal resource which replaces the Putting People First website.
Capacity building programme change management toolkit (modified by the London Borough of Lambeth for use by Local Authorities, 2007)Open
This toolkit has been designed to support councils as they grapple with the challenge of using new applications and infrastructure to develop their services.
Community capacity and social care (In Control, 2008)Open
This paper describes a model of community capacity building which can be used to promote and test a range of possible strategies for building stronger communities.
Link: Community capacity and social care (In Control, 2008)
Engaging and responding to communities: a brief guide to Local Involvement Networks (Department of Health, 2010)Open
Local Involvement Networks (LINkS) exist in every local authority in England. They aim to give people more influence over how local health and social care services are commissioned, planned and delivered. This guide is for local health and social care managers. It outlines how proactive engagement can help us understand the needs of our communities. Working with a LINk should be a key part of commissioning, running and reviewing health and social care services.
Guide to developing inclusive communities: a 12 step guide to planning, designing and managing communities which are inclusive for disabled people (Papworth Trust, 2008)Open
This guide is aimed at anyone involved in designing and delivering communities which are inclusive for disabled people.
P3 (People, Potential, Possibilities) offers a variety of award-winning and life-changing services across the UK for people facing social exclusion. These include supported housing, child support services, hostels and move on accommodation for homeless people, outreach teams, prison in reach, link worker schemes, jobshops, youth services and community support projects for people recovering from mental health. The vision of P3 is to give people the practical skills and self-esteem they need to sustain an independent and self-sufficient lifestyle by providing opportunities and support.
Link: P3 website
Participatory video for capacity building (Insight Share)Open
Participatory Video (PV) is a set of techniques which can be used to involve a group or community in shaping and creating their own film. The idea behind this is that making a video is easy and accessible and a way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to tell their own stories or be creative.
Social inclusion and co-production (Inclusion Institute)Open
The Inclusion Institute has been set up as a centre of excellence for learning, evidence, innovation and practice on inclusion through co-production. The Institute can offer learning networks, practice development, teaching and course development and practice-based evaluation and research. The Institute is part of the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion (ISCRI) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Voluntary and community sector: community capacity building (Department for Social Development Northern Ireland, 2007)Open
This manual looks at three aspects of capacity building:
- community capacity building
- community leadership
- community organisational development.
This is done through a series of case studies demonstrating best practice across Northern Ireland.