"A unique little microcosm": Exploring a self-sustaining community project which harnessed social action in a public space.

Waters, Hannah C. and Davidson, Sarah (2018) "A unique little microcosm": Exploring a self-sustaining community project which harnessed social action in a public space. Journal of Community Psychology, 46 (8). pp. 1045-1061. ISSN 1520-6629

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Government policy in England encourages communities to capacity build from within. Community psychology has explored the role of community resilience in this process. But what happens if a community appears to lack formalized resources? This article considers such a community in which a grassroots community center thrives outside the boundaries of formalized community organizations. It aimed to find out how this community mobilized, the benefits for those connected, and how the center survives. A grounded theory 'center as a living organism' was constructed from the accounts of eleven participants. Results indicate how community centers play a role in promoting individual and community level well-being and preventing distress. The importance of learning from progressive community initiatives and more partnership working between National Health Service, statutory, voluntary, and community groups is indicated. Effective engagement with and across communities to promote resilience and well-being is also a theme of the responses to recent events in England, such as the terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community Psychology, Community Groups
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Group Processes/Group Dynamics
Health and Medical Sciences > National Health Service
Social Welfare > Social Work
Department/People: Special Units
Depositing User: Mr Mat Zaremba
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 13:39
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2018 13:39
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1877

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