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People doing it for themselves

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COMMUNITY CATALYSTS

Publisher(s):

Community Catalysts

Publication year:

2019

Shares key findings and learning from the first phase of a project to explore the motivations and achievements of ‘people doing it for themselves’. The project focuses on older or disabled people who need care and support, and have decided to establish something new or lead local change. The project worked with over 20 individuals and groups to find out what helped them do it for themselves, the challenges the faced, and the impact their activity is having on themselves and their communities. The project also engaged with 10 decision makers and commissioners to identify good practice and understand how local authorities and others can be supported to encourage people in their area to do it for themselves. The project found that when people do it for themselves it can have a positive impact on their lives, the lives of those around them and their community, and also on local and national policy and practice. The report shows found that personal qualities combined with aspiration and inspiration are key motivators for people. Potential barriers to action can include effective support, funding or other resources, equipment, transport and accessibility. It concludes by highlighting a number of factors that can encourage more people to ‘do it for themselves’. The detailed stories of the 20 people and groups involved in the project can be read in an accompanying appendix. (Edited publisher abstract)


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