Active Communities: Evaluating our Impact 2018

04 October 2018

This report, published by the Trust, is a summary report of the second of a four-year evaluation exploring the impact of the Trust's Active Communities programme.

The Active Communities programme addresses health inequalities by supporting residents to come up with their own ideas to create change in their neighbourhood and through supporting them to build stronger connections. At the time the report was produced, the Trust had supported over 1,837 projects, benefitting more than 260,000 people.

The research showed that participants of 93 per cent of projects had more friendships and connections as a result of being involved and 91 per cent said people felt less isolated.

Residents were also increasing their knowledge, understanding and skills, which often went hand-in-hand with their increasing self-confidence – and, with that, improved aspirations. Overall, members reported feeling happier and benefiting from a better quality of life.

Getting together regularly remains a key part of the programme’s success. It helps residents to build their confidence so people feel able to take ownership of or lead activities over time and ultimately start to represent their local neighbourhood and to start to influence neighbourhood services.

To read the report in full, click here.

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