Working with the Grassroots: Learning from community organisers, community development and community engagement

Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 28th June 2012 (10:00-15:00)
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The trend towards increasing the voluntary sector's role in mainstream policy initiatives has recently extended outward to smaller third sector groups and activities; arguably, the least known about and larger part of the third sector. Their increasing importance in policy is reflected in the continued drive towards localism and the coalition government;s £15 million investment int he Community Organising Programme.

Reflecting on current policy, this seminar will help further our understanding of local grassroots organisations - frequently referred to as under or below-the-radar (BTR) organisations.

The seminar will explore and compare different models of community organisers, community development and community engagement practice. It will draw on TSRC's pilot micro-mapping project that aimed to identify unregistered third sector activity.

It will include discussion and debate on:

  • How and where small grassroots organisations operate;
  • The extent to which they offer services to the public (as opposed to delivering public services);
  • Challenges and issues that grassroots organisations face;
  • Whether policy interventions are helping or hindering small grassroots organisations.

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More information and agenda

If you would like to attend please email the ESRC Kowledge Exchange Team ( by Friday 22 June 2012.