After the drama of the Labour leadership contest, Early Action advocate David Robinson asks: is the choice between ‘big vision’ and ‘broad appeal’ a false dilemma? Here are four principles for a strong, relational welfare state that might achieve both… Continue reading Looking to the future of public services
This week Community Links publish a re-visiting of their 2010 report “Out of the Ordinary”. It’s a timely, poignant and interesting read. The effects of the cuts have hit hard on the communities with which Community Links works. And yet Community Links has persevered, adapting, learning and sticking alongside their communities. Continue reading After 37 years of work, Community Links knows relationships are what matter most
Reflecting on their thirty years of supporting children and families, charity 4Children has published a fantastic series of essays, “Families @30” with contributions from Richard Reeves, David Lammy MP, and Cherie Blair. This is an excerpt from David Robinson’s contribution, in which he explores how we could better design children’s services to be more relational and less fractured. What he has to say applies much more widely to our public services as a whole.
Personalisation has been a policy objective for several years, but governments have confused ‘customising’ services with ‘humanising’ them – both are worthwhile goals, but they are quite different. Continue reading Designing trust and kindness into the public realm
Community Links delivers a wide range of practical services in east London. One principle underpins them all: We believe it is not only possible for one human being to make a real and lasting difference to another, it is often, in the most difficult circumstances the only thing that ever does. Continue reading Deep Value: We know it works.