Socially Distant? Community Spirit in the Age of Covid-19

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Royal Society for Public Health

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The RSPH has investigated how community spirit in the UK changed during the first Covid-19 lockdown, and the impact that has had in turn on health and wellbeing. This follows a two- year project, in partnership with Locality and supported by the Health Foundation, to create and test a framework to define and measure ‘community spirit’.

They developed a series of policy recommendations building on the experiences of our case study communities. These calls aim to safeguard and strengthen the community spirit and feelings of solidarity which communities saw emerge. The three that received most public backing when polled were:
–  More investment in green spaces, like community gardens and play parks, to be used for activities and socialising;
–  Public sector institutions, like local councils and schools, to purchase goods and services from local businesses to stimulate the area’s economy;
–  Setting up community hubs to provide activities and services focused on health and wellbeing.

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

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Royal Society for Public Health (2021). Socially Distant? Community Spirit in the Age of Covid-19. London: Royal Society for Public Health.