Neighbourhood Based Organisations (NBOs) are in many ways unique. They have the ability to engage with communities in a way that cannot be easily replicated by public or private sector organisations or larger charities.
This report explores community based youth services and how they have changed since the introduction of austerity policies. It quotes from an earlier report which focussed on organisations working with children and young people. Unlike the earlier report, this study examines NBOs as a whole and the way they operate.
One key issue is how NBOs have responded to the Government’s challenge to abandon grant funding in favour of earned income. The following questions are posed: ‘have they transformed themselves into social enterprises, fighting for and winning public sector contracts?’ ‘Are they thriving in a new entrepreneurial spirit, generating their own income and providing an ever-increasing range of services in the areas where they are based?’ This study also looks at how NBOs are responding to local government cuts and the continuing economic recession.