Nick speaks to government departments May 2016

Nick Gant

Community21 founder and director was invited present the Community21 research and tools to leads from the Department of Communities and Local Government and Cabinet Office.

Nick demonstrated how our research with communities and community facing organisations has enabled the co-design of tools that mobilise communities and engage 'hard-to-reach' groups. These enabling tools help combat empathy, disenfranchisement and a lack of engagement with neighbourhood planning and support more democratic participation.

Miriam Levin, Community Mobilisation Lead for Neighbourhood Planning and Community Rights commented; "The Community21 case studies and approaches to community engagement are innovative and creative, and clearly work to capture the voices that often go unheard in these processes, especially young people. These methodologies are important for us to think about as we are looking at how we get more people neighbourhood planning and at how communities can play more of an active role in Local Plan production".

The Community21 collaborative tools also include means to support social interactions between disconnected groups, inter-generational exchange, voices for young people, democratic citizenship, resilience in vulnerable or groups of young people with complex needs. Get in touch to find out more.