Case studies

Nottingham Citizens

Nottingham Citizens is an alliance of over 40 diverse organisations drawn from Nottingham's civil society that uses the tools of community organising to empower its members to work together for the common good. Members of the alliance include universities, schools, trade unions and faith groups.

Community organising is a process that strengthens local democracy and practises a politics of the common good through:

  • building relationships between individuals and between institutions
  • identifying and training local leaders
  • developing practical solutions to issues of common concern
  • ensuring that those in power listen to and learn from the people affected by their decisions. 

Nottingham Trent University is a member of Nottingham Citizens and working with other members, seeks to identify and help respond to some of the county's most pressing challenges. It also works to influence national policy changes by contributing to the work of Citizens UK.

Our work includes:

  • providing placements and training for students in community organising
  • supporting campaigns through staff and student engagement
  • undertaking collaborative research.

The Early Intervention City

The School of Social Sciences is proud to be a partner in Nottingham's mission to prioritise early intervention, pre-emption and prevention across its services for children, young people, families and communities.

Nottingham is developing an ambitious and potentially groundbreaking Early Intervention Programme aiming to break the cycles of intergenerational underachievement and deprivation experienced by some children, families and adults in the city. Partners in the programme include Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Crime and Drugs Partnership and a range of representatives from health and social care organisations.

Nottingham recently became one of 20 pioneering places recognised by the national Early Intervention Foundation.

Nottingham Trent University is supporting the partnership in drawing on evidence to inform interventions, developing evaluation approaches and supporting the teams to articulate the work that they do and to recognise the impact that it can have.

Practically this includes:

  • hosting and co-facilitating a visioning event for partner organisations
  • attending partnership meetings and events to contribute academic perspectives and research to developing programmes of work
  • pursuing collaborative funding opportunities for evaluation and research.
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