The places in which we live and work influence what we do and determine many of our relationships. And a shared sense of place can unite us despite our differences.
Rather than focusing on isolated interventions, a ‘place-based approach’ makes the most of these connections.
By considering the whole community—how it works and what it needs—and collaborating with different sectors, a place-based approach aims to make a lasting difference to people’s lives.
We believe the model has a great deal to offer, and we want to ensure charities and funders play a fundamental part in any place-based work.
Key resources and commentary on place-based approaches
Charities are struggling with the current system of public sector contracting. Meanwhile, recent shocks like Carillion's collapse signal that it’s time for change if we want to deliver for people and communities. Nathan Yeowell talks through the issues at play, and explores how a place-based approach could help us find a better approach.
Clare Thomas, Consultant, London's Giving
It’s a much-pondered topic: the divisions revealed by the Brexit vote and what it will take to heal them. But how can we tackle national polarisation without first addressing it at a local level? Clare Thomas argues this case, with a focus on how funders can lead the way. She uses some London based initiatives to illustrate how we can use place to unite people where they are divided by other issues.
What does cross-sector collaboration in health and care look like in a particular place? NPC has captured learning from the initial stages of the The Richmond Group of Charities' work in Somerset, which explored what new ways of working across sectors in a specific geographic area could look like. Here we share three lessons from the work.
With place-based problem solving growing in popularity among policy and civil society circles, Dan Corry sets out some of the issues
Neil McInroy, CEO, CLES
A lot has changed since the post-war founding of the welfare state, and the social contract that went with it is eroding. Austerity has undoubtedly changed things, and so has devolution. Neil McInroy argues that to build social justice, we need a new social contract: and that this includes one that is local to place and community; one that balances the strengths of the private, public and social sectors; one in which we make sure businesses do their bit.
‘Place-based’ solutions gaining popularity at the moment. But it’s not a new idea. The approach has quite a history. NPC’s CEO Dan Corry walks through his experience and some key principles that underpin it.
The devolution of more powers and resources to local government is an opportunity for the sector, but civil society has not been a large part of this dialogue. Neil McInroy reflects on what was discussed during his session on localism at NPC Ignites, and explains why charities should be more engaged with devolution process.
This joint research from NPC and Relate finds that good quality relationships matter for our health and wellbeing and can improve health outcomes; but long-term health conditions can also have a significant impact on our relationships. For relationships to be assets to our health and wellbeing they need to be resilient and robust, and so policy should reflect this by giving due attention to the importance of relationships in the health system.