A matter of interpretation
Posted on 27/11/15In this guest blog for SCIE, our Chief Executive, Alison looks at the ‘prevention versus cure’ debate, and why there needs to be a whole community approach to prevention.
Keeping the ‘social’ in the housing sector; the new responses
Posted on 10/11/15In this blog, our Chief Executive, Alison shares her experience of the National Housing Federation conference for smaller housing associations and their focus on working with communities to overcome the challenges faced.
Why we all need to improve our community engagement
Posted on 11/08/15In this blog, our Chief Executive, Alison shares how CDF’s training courses can help your organisations engage better with communities, and why this is increasingly important across all sectors.
How can we support communities to take control?
Posted on 25/06/15In this blog, our Chief Executive, Alison reflects on how the My Community programmes can support local groups all over the country. This blog was originally published on the My Community website.
How the community sector can restore trust in democracy
Posted on 03/06/15In this blog our Chief Executive, Alison, shares her views on the findings of our new research, ‘Trust in Democracy: how community groups bridge the gap between people and politics’. The research found that community activity provides meaningful opportunities for people to get involved […]
Meet the community projects providing ‘tailor-made’ support
Posted on 19/05/15In this blog, our Chief Executive, Alison writes about the qualities that make community groups unique and why supporting them through small grant programmes is vital to their survival. This is in light of our ‘Tailor-made’ research, which shows how […]
CDF can help you survive and thrive over the next five years through our tailored consultancy and training
Posted on 14/05/15In this blog post, CDF’s Chief Executive Alison reflects on the results of the 2015 General Election, speculating on what this means for communities over the next few years. Alison questions how community groups, local public bodies and socially responsible businesses […]
Dogs and deprivation
Posted on 06/03/15In this blog post, our Director of Advocacy and Research, Jennifer Tankard comments on the 2014 Dangerous Dogs Act. While it is too early to discover whether the tougher sentences faced by dog owners for attacks has had an effect, […]
Empowering communities to prosper
Posted on 05/03/15In this blog post, CDF’s Chief Executive Alison welcomes a new publication from the New Weather Institute, which focuses on local economics and devolving power to revitalise local economies. Alison reflects on the power of local initiatives and community-based approaches […]
What to expect from CDF in 2015
Posted on 15/01/15After a busy 2014, the dawn of a new year feels like the right time for me to reflect on our successes here at CDF and the communities we reach and share what we have in store for 2015.
Celebrating Living Wage Week 2014
Posted on 04/11/14In this month’s blog, Alison reflects on the importance of the Living Wage as a tool to tackle the low pay problem in the UK today.
The headlines from party conferences
Posted on 09/10/14Alison shares the highlights from the party conferences and the hot topics likely to impact on community groups.
Launching Love Your Community
Posted on 18/09/14What is the role of business in communities? In this blog post, Alison talks about the launch of our new quality mark, Love Your Community. To celebrate, we held an event in London and invited representatives from local government, SMEs […]
Giving credit to communities
Posted on 17/09/14In this blog, Alison reflects on credit unions in the UK in light of the Community Investment Coalition’s response to the consultation on British Credit Unions at 50 carried out by HM Treasury.
Why businesses must engage communities to demonstrate social value
Posted on 22/07/14Alison writes about how responsible businesses are no longer defined by the proportion of pre-tax profit they give to charities. And how effective community engagement is an essential part of this strategy. This article was originally published in the Summer […]
Enabling just and fair inclusion in our cities
Posted on 20/06/14Our Chief Executive Alison recently attended an international event in Bilbao, Spain which brought people together from cities across the USA and Europe to talk about their experiences of urban transformation. Here she shares what she learnt about how other […]
Fundraising is frantic, fraught and fun
Posted on 24/01/14In her latest blog, our Chief Executive, Alison Seabrooke, reflects on her fundraising experiences. She also discusses how new methods can make fundraising easier than ever before.
Transparency in banking
Posted on 17/12/13Today the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and the Council of Mortgage lenders announced an increase in transparency in banking practice. In her latest blog, Alison discusses the announcement along with CDF’s role in the Community Investment Coalition to campaign for fairer finance.
Chief Executive’s Blog – Anti-Advocacy Clause
Posted on 11/02/16Over the past few weeks the charity sector has been drawn into the debate about government proposals to limit potential charity ‘lobbying’ by inserting clauses into grant offer letters. NCVO has recently written a letter to the Prime Minister countersigned […]
Learning how other cities enable just and fair inclusion
Posted on 20/06/14I am a huge advocate of peer-to-peer learning and networking in communities and between community groups. It’s the place where people are able to speak frankly about their ideas, as well as any challenges they have faced, with people like […]
Our Place: why CDF is proud to be involved
Posted on 25/03/14Alison has written a guest blog for My Community Rights about CDF’s involvement in the Our Place programme. This post was originally published on mycommunityrights.org.uk on 24 March 2014. You can view the original version here.
How community projects are taking on the debt crisis
Posted on 29/11/13Stories of the devastating impact of debt on individuals and communities are never far from the headlines. In her latest blog, Alison shares examples of where community organisations, including housing associations, are tackling debt in their own areas.
Neighbourhood planning – the power to make a difference
Posted on 13/11/13Alison has written a guest blog for Locality about the progress of Neighbourhood Planning, based on her personal and professional experience of community action to find local solutions. This post was originally published on Locality.org.uk on 23 October 2013.
Remaking Cities Part Two
Posted on 01/11/13Earlier this month Alison blogged about her expectations ahead of the ‘Remaking Cities Congress’ event she attend in Pittsburgh. Here in part two she shares how it went, and what we could learn from the US attitude towards community development.
Remaking Cities Congress, Pittsburgh 2013
Posted on 18/10/13In August, Alison received an invitation to attend the ‘Remaking Cities Congress’ event, taking place in Pittsburgh this month. It is an international event free to delegates and brings together people involved in post-industrial city regeneration.