M. Taylor and others
Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, 2005 (Research report; 15)
The Community Participation Programmes (CPPs) were set up as part of the government's neighbourhood renewal strategy in the 88 most disadvantaged areas in England. They were designed to:
The evaluation suggests that by supporting groups in their own communities, the programmes are building capacity, confidence and social capital. By funding small-scale activities and learning, they are making small but significant contributions to neighbourhood renewal. By developing networks, they are improving cohesion and coordination across the sector, although more needs to be done to engage the most marginalised groups. Finally, by giving voluntary and community sector representatives an acknowledged place on local strategic partnerships, they are building links with service providers, gaining the respect of partners and influencing the way neighbourhood renewal monies are spent.