Clubbing together: the hidden wealth of communities

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Cooper, Keith; Macfarland, Caroline
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This report is based on the premise that social good best flourishes within existing forms of community. Even within geographical boundaries, people can’t be forced to group; instead they are motivated via their existing interests, networks and social journeys. Many groups and associations already exist that strengthen relationships, encourage feelings of belonging and create social capital. The authors refer to these groups as the hidden wealth of communities: groups that generate for both members and non-members a wealth of social and public good that is often intangible and unquantified. This paper surveys the group leisure and social pursuits that commonly encourage people to join or create associations or clubs, and analyses the potential for a greater club-culture in the UK.

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