They know the place, the problems, the people and they care. They bring local people together. They are adaptable, cost-effective and responsive.
One of the best things is access to a fantastic and widespread network of likeminded people and organisations who are all pushing boundaries and achieving.
- Locality member
Our approach to influencing
We are at the forefront of debate and systems-change for the community sector.
We build and harness an evidence-base working closely with members to develop case studies showcasing innovative practice and identifying barriers. We learn from members through policy discussion and peer-to-peer learning.
We conduct agenda setting research projects with members to provide thought leadership such as the Powerful Communities, Strong Economies report – part of our Keep it Local campaign to put local services in the community’s hands.
We engage directly with policy-makers, influencers and funders. We respond to consultations, provide evidence for inquiries, support members’ local influencing and bring them together to meet with decision-makers.
We engage with ministers, civil servants and parliamentarians to influence central government policy. For many of our members, the most important relationships are with the local authority, so we also work directly with councillors and officers to create better practice at a local level.
We collaborate and build wider partnerships on major campaigns. We formulate key sector policy asks – drawing on members’ expertise and amplifying our voice. We run awareness raising campaigns using the media to help more people understand the power of communities.
Our policy priorities
Find out about the three areas we campaign on and how you can get involved: