Research has found community groups improves peoples lives – that community groups are able to develop ‘tailor-made’ support for people in their communities, complementing statutory services because they have the flexibility to meet specific needs. The types of outcomes of the work being carried out by these groups include:
- building safer communities: They prevent crime, support victims of crime and support ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives
- improving the physical environment: They maintain and improve the physical environment including parks, allotments and buildings
- enhancing health and wellbeing: They tackle the wider causes of poor health and wellbeing such as poverty, housing, employment, crime, pollution and isolation
- supporting local economies: They provide training and support to help people into work. They also contribute to economic growth by supporting people to start small businesses and helping people to manage their money better so there is more to spend locally.