Building Community Capacity: Evidence, efficiency and cost-effectiveness

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This paper briefly draws together some of the evidence that Think Local Act Personal is aware of that contributes to demonstrating better outcomes, or in some cases, the financial benefits of nurturing stronger communities.

There are some fundamental lessons to learn about the health-preserving effects of good social networks, connected communities, the value of peer support and the multiplicity of outcomes well beyond social care that can be improved by working with local people in a co-productive way.

There is a strong case to be made for a joined-up, local approach to health and wellbeing that seeks to connect people together and to create the conditions for happier, healthier communities through participation and inclusion.