Published today (July 10), a new report reveals findings from an 18-month research project which asked communities across the UK, ‘What needs to happen for communities to feel and be more powerful in the future?’, which you can read here. Leila Baker led the research for the Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), and she spoke to Thomas Barrett about they found. Where in the UK did you go for your research? We carried the work out in three dialogues. Firstly, we spoke to people with a single issue of interest in the community, which might be health and equality, ageing, transport or domestic issues. That was very broad. Then we worked in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland which gave us insight from people outside of England. Then we went to four particular localities. We went to Milton Keynes as an example of a new town which is still expanding; Rotherham, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Thomas Barrett is a journalist at New Start magazine. Follow him on Twitter