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CLES and Urban Forum launch new research into Community Resilience

1st July 2011

This week marks the launch of an exciting and pioneering new research project being carried out in collaboration between the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Urban Forum, a national charity with over 850 members who support communities to take action and have more influence where they live. 

The project, which will be conducted in Cheetham Hill (Manchester) and Broughton (Salford), builds on CLES’ previous research into what makes places resilient and Urban Forum’s recent guide for community resilience, with a particular focus on the role of the social sector. Public services and the ways in which we build social capital are changing dramatically and this work seeks to uncover, develop and forge new behaviours, ways of working, involving more collaboration and connections. In this work, we will be looking at alternative ways in which we can achieve positive social, economic and cultural outcomes.  Working with local partners, we hope that this project will:

  • increase understanding of the role of the social sector and how it interacts with the public and private sectors;
  • develop new collaborations and ways of working;
  • support communities to identify and maximise untapped assets and resources;
  • determine local needs and develop a locally responsive plan of action to strengthen resilience; and
  • support the development of new public sector approaches, to social, community, cultural  and local economic growth.

The project is being supported by Manchester City Council and the Tudor Trust: an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. For more information about the project, please contact:

Rachel Newton, Head of Policy and Research, Urban Forum, 0207 253 4816,

Jessica Smith, Policy Researcher, CLES, 0161 236 7036,


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