Locality have launched a new report, “We Were Built for This”, which showcases the inspiring ways community organisations have helped us through the coronavirus crisis.
Following in-depth research with community organisations and local authorities over 12 weeks, the report shows:
- Existing social infrastructure has been vital to the crisis response
- Well-functioning local systems have emerged in the heat of the crisis
- The role of community organisations as “cogs of connection” has been strengthened
- Community organisations have adapted at pace – but need support to meet the challenges of the future
The committed and agile way communities have responded to the coronavirus crisis points the way to a new future that’s built around community power. But to be truly transformative, policymakers need to catch up with the innovation that’s happening locally – and help embed it as the “new normal” as we emerge from the crisis.