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Jane South, Judy White, and Mark Gamsu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305316.001.0001

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Citizen involvement in neighbourhood health – a case study

Citizen involvement in neighbourhood health – a case study

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(p.114) (p.115) Nine Citizen involvement in neighbourhood health – a case study
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People-centred public health
Author(s):

Jane South

Judy White

Mark Gamsu

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305316.003.0009

A case study of a neighbourhood health project based within a disadvantaged housing estate is presented in this chapter. Small scale community projects are part of the landscape of UK health promotion and volunteers typically undertake a range of activities. The case study draws on interviews with project staff, volunteers, service users and external partners to provide a critical examination of citizen engagement in project planning and delivery. Volunteers demonstrated strong commitment to the project and a willingness to give to their community. The chapter examines both the practical challenges and the benefits resulting from high levels of citizen involvement. Volunteers were successfully able to bridge the gap between professional services and the community. The chapter concludes that while citizen control is achievable, long term investment is needed to ensure sustainability.

Keywords:   volunteers, citizen involvement, health promotion, neighbourhood, community project, sustainability

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