Building Safe And Healthy Society Essay

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This review essay is based on the report “Building Safe, Active Communities: Strong foundations by local people”, the third report written by Baroness Helen Newlove, the Government’s Champion for Active, Safer Communities (Newlove, H, 2012). The report covers issues in areas of community safety, voluntary and community sector as well as community engagement. In Baroness Newlove’s view, “local people are the foundations for safe, active communities”. (Newlove, H, 2012). The report, which highlighted various case studies from different communities, is aimed at offering advice, know-how and a map for grassroots activists to follow, which will bring new ideas that have been proven to work. In ...view middle of the document...

Being an activist with first-hand experience of community organising, Newlove’s responsibility includes informing local government on the needs of grassroots community activists in terms of gaining access, support and recognition in order to continue their work and grow new areas and forms of community action across the country. She promotes responsibilisation and encourages communities to rely on themselves to bring about a safe and active community, rather than always waiting on agencies. (Newlove, H, 2012). As earlier mentioned, her report also evaluates the progress of her first two reports and challenges local agencies and the central government to take actions on her findings.

Furthermore, the report includes stories of community action from her seven ‘Newlove neighbourhoods, showcasing a cross section of areas and the various stages of community development. There are also numerous case studies showing activity and innovation across areas such as crime, young people, housing and participatory budgeting. The report will come handy for the use of executive members and people responsible for the community safety and crime, community engagement, equalities, youth as well as public health and those that has connection with local communities and voluntary groups. Also it will be useful for Crime Safety Partnerships and anyone with links to local Community and Voluntary Sector umbrella bodies and those who desires to do more for their communities. (Newlove, H, 2012)

The idea of ‘Community’ has different meanings to laypeople, scholars, policymakers and the government. To some it is a term used in everyday context and conversation and it may suggest group of people that are connected and care about themselves. (Mooney, G and Neal, M, 2009. Pg. 2). Perhaps community is seen as a territory of welfare and social well-being because of the notion of care and social bond attached with it. (Mooney, G and Neal, M, 2009. Pg. 2). Also, Toonies sees community as a human togetherness formed through the convergence of: the biological, the geographical, the sociological and the psychological (Bell and Newly, 1971, cited in Mooney, G et al, 2009). Community can also be seen as one having a very strong identity which may prompt hostility to and exclude those seen as outsiders. It may be seen as evolving around groups rather than individual and also as a term used to categorise people in term of social conflict, deprivation, problem and disadvantaged places. (Mooney, G and Neal, M, 2009. Pg. 2). Baroness Newlove perhaps reflects some ideas about community, especially in the seven Newlove Neighbourhood. The following will highlight the report with the concept of community as, a spatial concept; non-spatial sites of identity and culture, and as sites of citizenship and governance.
Community as a spatial concept is broadly used in the policy document as it portrays peoples’ attachment to a particular geographical place. According to Lee and Elsa and Sheila,...

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