Supporting and Developing Community Self-Help

  • Danny Burns
  • Colin C. Williams
  • Jan Windebank


In this chapter we outline some of the key nettles that must be grasped if policy-makers are serious about nurturing and supporting community self-help. These are that:
  • Community self-help must be valued as a major contributor to society in its own right

  • Community self-help can only be supported indirectly

  • Neighbourhood policy needs to shift from an emphasis on volunteering to a focus on self-help

  • Policy-makers need to understand and support the relationship between individual and community enterprise

  • The contradictory worlds of informal self-help and formal organisation need to be allowed to develop side by side

  • Urgent state intervention is needed to protect self-provisioning.


Social Capital Community Development Credit Union Community Enterprise Intermediary Organisation 
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© Danny Burns, Colin C. Williams and Jan Windebank 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Danny Burns
    • 1
  • Colin C. Williams
    • 2
  • Jan Windebank
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandUK
  2. 2.University of LeicesterUK
  3. 3.University of SheffieldUK

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