What matters to us

From January to March 2019, Community Organisers held a Listening Campaign to find out about the things that YOU, the members, care about.

During the Listening Campaign members were invited to ‘group listening’ sessions at area network events and regional meet-ups, and – for those members who could not attend the events – we provided an on-line ‘listening form’.

Together, we have built a picture of the issues that matter to us and motivate us – both locally and nationally; as individuals and as a movement – identifying where we can use our collective power to support action within the membership.

The Results

What matters the most to those members of Community Organisers who took part in the Listening Campaign:

The top 10 things that members love/like about their communities are:

  1. The people (connections/community)
  2. Community spaces and community centres
  3. Festivals/entertainments
  4. Shopping/shopping centres
  5. Creative arts (taking part and enjoyment of)
  6. ‘History of place’
  7. Playgrounds/recreation grounds (for children)
  8. Sports (taking part and watching)
  9. Good public transport
  10. Green spaces/the countryside

The top 10 concerns of members are:

  1. Safety/fear of crime/increases in crime
  2. Housing (especially the lack of truly affordable/social housing)
  3. Environmental concerns (including climate change)
  4. Austerity/poverty
  5. Homelessness (a rise in numbers/the impact of)
  6. Unemployment/Universal Credit
  7. Health (particularly mental health)
  8. Problems with/concerns about local government
  9. Lack of youth engagement
  10. NHS (concerns that it is underfunded/we may lose it)
“It was wonderful to hear the views of the members; discovering what really matters to us. As Community Organisers, listening to the membership is obviously important, and I am delighted that we created lots of different ways in which they could take part in the Listening Campaign – either by coming to one of our face-to-face listening events, or by using our on-line ‘listening form’. This has been a very useful and successful campaign, and Community Organisers will be repeating it in the Autumn to keep the issues up to date.”
David Symes, National Member Organiser

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