Laura Sharman 05 March 2021

Councils urged to build community spirit to help reduce health inequalities

Councils urged to build community spirit to help reduce health inequalities image

A toolkit to help local areas increase their community spirit beyond the pandemic has been published by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

A report from RSPH found that while community spirit increased during the first lockdown, so did social anxiety, distrust around following government guidance, and fears about the future of local areas.

It found that people in the lowest skilled occupations and the unemployed - as well as those with disabilities, physical or mental health conditions - were least likely to benefit from this rise in community spirit.

The toolkit, published in partnership with Locality, is calling on local government to develop proactive strategies to strengthen community spirit.

This includes more investment in green spaces, funding for organisations to run activities in those spaces, and community hubs providing activities and services focused on health and wellbeing.

Christina Marriott, chief executive of RSPH, said: 'Building community spirit is an important step towards reducing the health inequality gap. So it is vital that national and local governments, third sector organisations and community leaders develop strategies to ensure that the places where we live are supportive and welcoming places for all.

'We hope our Community Spirit Framework and Toolkit helps local decision-makers begin that process.'

Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Locality, added: 'The community spirit experienced during the crisis offers us a foundation to build stronger, healthier and more connected communities in the recovery. To tackle inequalities and make sure that some places are not left further behind, this requires investment in the essential social infrastructure which is the fabric of a healthy society.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Interim Head of Fostering

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are working with a local authority client in London who is looking for an Interim Head of Fostering, the local authority was last inspected as “... London (Central), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Interim Head of Children in Care and Care Leavers

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are working with a local authority client in London who is looking for an Interim Head of Children in Care and Care Leavers, the local authority... London (Central), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Head of Regeneration and Economy

City of York Council
£59,593 - £68,094
York is a wonderful place to live and work and it is quite rightly famous across the globe. York, North Yorkshire / Hybrid
Recuriter: City of York Council

Clinical Lead, North Essex

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Clinical Lead, North EssexPermanent, Full TimeUp to £57,869 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Director Legal,&Governance/Monitoring Officer

Rochdale BC
£70,340 - £81,589
The Assistant Director role has breadth of responsibility beyond legal services incorporating Constitutional and Democratic Services Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.