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Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315162

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.001.0001

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Connecting to the citizenry? Support groups in community planning in England

Connecting to the citizenry? Support groups in community planning in England

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(p.301) 16 Connecting to the citizenry? Support groups in community planning in England
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Community action and planning
Author(s):

Nick Gallent

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.003.0016

This chapter looks at connections between community groups, engaged in community level planning, and local government. It suggests that community planning support groups have a vital role to play in helping communities understand the opportunities to connect to formal government structures and also in helping those structures understand the benefits of keying into the work of community groups. It argues that a ‘learning bridge’ needs to be built between community and local government planning activities, so as to maximise the potential of the former. The chapter draws on research undertaken in southern England in 2009 / 10

Keywords:   support groups, community development, learning bridge

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