Andy Sawford MP has agreed to host a meeting with us on the importance of community in our lives and how we can recreate community so that it is both resilient and inclusive.
In the last half century we have seen the idea of community under attack as industries have declined, populations have been forced to move and financial crisis has hit both the poor and middle class. This has often torn communities a part.
What can be done to build resilient communities in the fast changing 21st century is the essence of this meeting.
Andy Sawford MP is the Shadow Local Government Minister who from 2003 to 2007 was director of Connect Public Affairs advising local authorities and organisations such as the National Association of Local Councils (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_of_Local_Councils) (NALC) and the Association of Police Authorities (APA). He was from 2008 to 2012 chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Government_Information_Unit) (LGiU), a London-based thinktank and registered charity.
Steve Wyler is the Chief Executive of Locality, a nationwide movement of community organisations ambitious for change. Over the previous fifteen years Steve worked for voluntary and community agencies and independent grant-makers. For example in the 1990s, working with homeless agencies, he ran Homeless Network, co-ordinated the Rough Sleepers Initiative in London, and set up Off the Streets and into Work.
Steve has been a member of various Government advisory groups on social enterprise, community organisations, and the third sector (Cabinet Office, CLG, Ministry of Justice). Steve is also vice-Chair of the Social Enterprise Coalition, and Board member of the Adventure Capital Fund, the National Communities Resource Centre, Thames Reach, and the ResPublica Trust.
We also hope to have there people from some local communities who can tell their stories of how they have built their communities to make them resilient and inclusive.
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