Why focus on building community capacity?

Building community capacity describes the process of helping a community to support itself. Research suggests that when a community has strong 'social capital' or 'assets' wellbeing improves and deteriorating ill health lessens.

The Care Act

The Care Act 2014 requires communities to build their capacity/social capital with a view to augmenting traditional care services and facilities, but by no means replacing them.

A strong and supportive community

According to Camden and the Office for Public Management (OPM), local people defined a strong and supportive community in terms of both social capital and facilities and services that they use.

Measuring social capital in Camden 2006