Thoughts from the CEO
Blog 20 May 2013: Sustainable economic development is key to moving communities out of deprivation
In this month’s blog, Alison examines the role that Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) and local authorities play in supporting local economic growth and managing the impact of welfare cuts.
Blog 10 May 2013: My passion for supporting communities
This blog was originally published as a guest post on the Business in the Community (BITC) website on 10 May 2013. Here Alison shares why she is so passionate about supporting communities – and the role that businesses can play.
Blog 29 April 2013: How well does CDF provide grant funding?
We used an online application process for the first time when allocating the Crime Innovation Fund on behalf of the Home Office. Read on to see what the organisations who received funding thought of this approach.
Blog 18 March 2013: Five reasons why community development is a great way to tackle crime
Today we have published six case studies, which document the work of community projects tackling crime in their local community. The projects received funding from the Community action against crime: Innovation fund (CAAC:IF), a two-year £10million programme managed by CDF and funded by the Home Office.
Blog 21st February 2013: How community investment could rebalance the UK’s local economy
Last week CDF’s Alison, spoke at the Westminster Social Policy Forum about rebalancing the UK’s local economy. Below she explains the ability of community investment to renovate the financial system and how this would ultimately improve the wellbeing of our local communities.
Blog 13th December 2012: Big Local funding in Selby Town
Earlier this week it was announced that Selby Town has been selected as a Big Local area. CDF’s Alison shares why this decision strikes a chord with her.
BLOG 11th October 2012: Re-engaging young people in communities
Over the last six months I have been party to events, discussions and insights into projects across the country that are working with young people who have tough lives and difficult circumstances. These young people will almost all live in areas which lack investment – low incomes, poor housing, unaffordable credit, lack of appropriate work, [...]
BLOG 19th June 2012: What our banks need to do now
We are facing a financial crisis in our communities. Small businesses and households are finding it increasingly hard to access finance and credit. This makes them more reliant on expensive forms of finance. The announcement by Wonga that it is moving into business lending, highlights the failure of high street banks to invest in local [...]
BLOG 10th January 2012: Alison Seabrooke reflects on the upcoming year
In 2009 CDF began preparing for an uncertain future – the collapse of the banks, expenses scandal and general election on the horizon presented the prospect of substantial change.