We’re far from being a selfish - even selfie - society
Marina Kim says the economic impact of coronavirus will only create more demand for volunteers – ‘but we must not waste this precious goodwill brought about by the crisis’.
A ‘trusted national database of volunteers’ can support councils during COVID-19
RVS has provided a radical way to mobilise a volunteer army to help councils and the NHS provide support during the pandemic using the GoodSAM app. Rebecca Kennelly talks to Ann McGauran.
Local authorities can help make mutual aid a positive legacy of COVID-19
John Copps argues that local authorities should encourage and promote the sustainability of mutual aid groups as part of their recovery strategy.
A catalyst for change?
The coronavirus crisis is speeding up the shift towards new people-centred operating models that were already being adopted by progressive councils, writes Codrina Cretu.
Adapt, Innovate, Motivate: Responding to a Crisis
Since the pandemic began, North Kesteven DC has transformed the organisation into a virtual network with a straightforward AIM: to Adapt, Innovate and Motivate. Ian Fytche explains.
We have an opportunity to re-boot and take stock
Local authorities have by necessity become far more introspective than ever before as they've been forced to consider their own survival, says Gill Kneller.
At times like this local government comes into its own
Anthony May looks at how local government has ‘pivoted to this new normal, perhaps faster than anyone could imagine’ – but many unresolved issues remain.
Money matters to the extent that it supports life and wellbeing
Gary Fielding says we will all have to pay for the economic consequences of COVID-19, but perhaps more of us will be prepared to accept investing more in communities and social care.
Let’s make the argument now for the world we want to live in
Will the impact of coronavirus mean more state investment or 10 more years of austerity to pay for the Government’s interventions, asks Dr Jonathan Carr-West.
Safeguarding Bristol’s rough sleepers during the pandemic
Marvin Rees says Bristol City Council has successfully placed the majority of rough sleepers in hotels and all shelter occupants are in alternative accommodation, while negotiations continue with hotel chains for a further supply of rooms.
‘I am humbled by the amazing groundswell of community support in Westminster’
Leader of Westminster City Council Rachel Robathan says while ensuring the health of residents is the key priority during the COVID-19 outbreak, there will come a point in future months when the council will also need to revive the economy.
Place-based principles’ critical response is working
Alison Mckenzie-Folan explains how Wigan’s place-based model of integrated public service delivery, based around seven ‘footprints’ each with their own ‘healthy networks’, has been used to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
Radical transformation’s biggest gift
As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, its impact has shifted the community empowerment and participation agenda into overdrive, writes Heather Jameson as she looks at what the lasting legacy could be for local government and society.
Councils' plea to support voluntary sector
A group of councils has written to the Government demanding action to protect community organisations during the coronavirus crisis.
We will be here for our residents every step of the way
David Renard outlines how Swindon BC’s rapid response to the public health emergency includes a package of measures to support both residents and businesses.
5 recommendations for managing a different type of crisis
Jon Ainger offers five recommendations for public sector leaders who are able to take a moment to look at what happens after this initial period of crisis.
Using design to closing the health gap and improve later life
In the south west of England, the Transform Ageing programme has been exploring how to improve people’s experience of later life and close the health gap , says Paul Burstow.
Building Community Power in Bristol
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees outlines why the city has joined the Keep it Local network – a new coalition of councils who are seeking to harness the power of community.
A wealth of benefits
Community Wealth Building is too commonly seen as ‘local procurement’, but this seriously misses its breadth and potential impact, believes John Tizard.
The Market leaders
Kevin Foster explains the purpose of the East Sussex Social Value Marketplace – an online platform that enables the public, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors to raise their needs so that contractors can respond.