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Centre for Citizenship and Community

Centre for Citizenship and Community

Contact Details

If you would like more information please contact:

Ellen Dobson - Research and Business Administrator
(Administrative enquiries)
T: +44 (0)1772 894364 | E:

Jez Buffin - Principal Lecturer
(Academic enquiries)
T: +44 (0)1772 895408 | E:

Established within the School of Social Work and the RSA, with the Royal Society for Public Health and the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics, the Centre for Citizenship and Community, directed by UCLan’s Professor David Morris, provides support for policy, research, learning and local practice in community engagement and social inclusion.

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Our Mission

‘To realise its full potential, a program must enlist those being helped as partners, co-workers and co-producers of the intended outcomes’ Edgar Cahn

At a time of great financial challenge, public service organisations need to understand how best to facilitate and engage with communities in services that promote co-operation, equity, inclusion and wellbeing. In the world of personalised services for independence, a focus on how to promote inter-dependence is more important than ever. This means knowing how to place a proper value on the community contribution to developing, commissioning, governing and delivering services.

The Centre for Citizenship and Community is a response to the growing imperative for the study and development in practice of effective community approaches to engaging communities and working with the assets and value that they represent. We provide support for policy, research, learning and local practice in community engagement and social inclusion. Our vision is to see services across the full spectrum of public policy being designed to integrate in everyday practice the value of social and community assets and networks in achieving wellbeing and inclusion outcomes.

We need to understand the value to services of ordinary people – of the ‘social dividend’ that communities represent. Bringing together policy, research and practice, The Centre for Citizenship and Community can help to achieve this goal, enabling services that can work locally alongside communities in the most effective, appreciative and cost effective way possible. We work with service organisations and communities in health and social care and across the spectrum of public service settings through a network of associates together with universities and the RSA. This is a unique breadth of experience, knowledge and expertise.

You can download the Social Commissioning Course Flyer here


Through the Centre we can offer dedicated support Integrated Programmes for developing social and community-based commissioning:

  • Service development and redesign, including economic modelling and cost-benefit analysis, organisational, leadership and workforce development

Professor David Morris presented his research report findings on the value of connected communities at the RSA Communities Creating Health & Wellbeing event 30/11.

In response to an invitation from the Wellesley Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Professor David Morris undertook a week-long lecture tour on his research and the work of the Centre for Citizenship and Community on Connected Communities.

This is backed up by:

Opportunities for bespoke accredited and CPD learning programmes
Programme evaluation and research evidence
The Centre for Citizenship and Community works nationally and internationally with our partners and associates to offer help in achieving the best possible outcomes for organisations that see their communities as key partners in their success.

When the Centre works with your organisation, you also have the opportunity to become a stakeholder in the Centre, to have your work internationally recognised, built upon for wider benefit, to help broaden the base of evidence and inform the course of policy.

On 21st April 2016, following the ODESSA (ageing in place programme) events at Tsinghua University with colleagues from France and China, David Morris and Manjit Bola travelled from Beijing to Ningbo in southern China’s Zhejiang province with colleagues from Tsinghua to launch ODESSA’S Connected Communities work package in China. The initial meeting hosted by senior local government officials and community leaders, provided for a discussion on the context of community activity in Ningbo led by the lead for older people’s services in the city and a presentation by David on the Connected Communities study and its team’s proposals to use the approach to understand the role and potential of community networks in Ningbo as part of the ODESSA programme.

The meeting was joined for David’s presentation by older people from communities closely linked to two of the older people’s service, or community centres in the city. David, Manjit, together with the lead for the work package in China, Professor Pei and her colleagues then visited the two communities and their centres. Great enthusiasm was expressed for the programme and the scope for understanding the value of connectivity embodied in work with older people which in Ningbo is concerned with local inter-generational voluntary support matched to person and need and with forms of continuing life-long learning opportunities.

Supported by David and Manjit, Professor Pei and her team will now go on to develop the fieldwork tools and community research approach with local people in order to complete the Chinese fieldwork for the Connected Communities work package during the remainder of 2016.



UCLan’s ‘One Health’ Strategy enthusiastically received at national RCGP event in London

David Morris

A UCLan delegation representing the Vice-Chancellor’s office has recently attended a meeting of the Community Oriented Integrated Network (COIN) hosted by the Royal College of General practitioners in London.

Chaired by UCLan's Professor David Morris, the meeting focused on Professor Paul Thomas' compelling and thought-provoking presentation from his new book on collaborations for health. Professor Thomas' presentation, based on his extensive experience as a GP and activist in creating and facilitating transformational change in community primary care, set the scene for discussion of the kinds of changes needed in developing primary health care with, and for communities and the many sectors of community life that contribute to health and wellbeing.

As a national and international network of many hundreds of individuals, established under the auspices of the London Journal of Primary Care, COIN has been actively involved with Professor Thomas as the Journal's Editor in Chief in developing and publishing on this agenda. The meeting provided the opportunity for announcing UCLan's role as its new host. Janice Horrocks, UCLan's 'One Health' Consultant provided a summary of UCLan's holistic perspective on the elements that contribute to local population health and discussed how different departments within the University play a role in health and health education.

The importance of multi-disciplinary work in health care delivery and the education curriculum were highlighted, alongside the impact on health outcomes in practices where GPs and nurses are together involved in research. The 'One Health' vision entails recognising that prevention, education, tackling inequalities and empowering individuals and communities to generate solutions to improve health and wellbeing are key dimensions in understanding health needs and developing the future workforce.

At the meeting, the 'One Health' strategy was  warmly received and commended by Professor Mayur Lakhani, President of the RCGP as a unique and innovative approach to transforming lives and improving health outcomes. In his words, UCLan's strategy is 'very exciting and timely as it supports the NHSE agenda on Integrated Care Systems'.

Attendees committed their continued support for, and involvement in COIN as a means of contributing to the success of One Health and the University's developing primary care curriculum as well as the public health and primary health care agenda more generally.

by Grete Smith at 02/08/2018

CCC Seminars at UCLan

Date Presenter(s) Theme Title of Seminar
21st January 2018 Jennie Popay and David Morris Communities in Control and Connected Communities Shifting the ‘inward gaze’: Re-centering ‘power and control’ in health sector work with disadvantaged communities
13th February 2019 Pam Qualter (University of Manchester) Loneliness and young people Loneliness does not discriminate: Loneliness across the lifespan
27th March 2019 David Morris and John Hannen (Ambition for Ageing) Loneliness and older people Shaping our research ambitions for age friendly neighbourhoods: How community can best support innovative approaches to ageing.
25th April 2019 Steve Broome and Jez Buffin Co-production of knowledge TBC
29th May 2019 Kathryn, Julie Ridley and Manjit Bola Community researchers Communities Connected: Exploring experiences of lay or community researchers and the potential for creating ‘community capital’
26th June 2019 Suzanne Wilson West Cumbria Intergenerational work Citizenship through Connected Communities: Challenging Intergenerational Loneliness through Youth Led Co-Production
24th July 2019 TBC TBC TBC


Professor David Morris, Director

Dr Julie Ridley, Co-director

Emeritus Professor Chris Heghinbotham


Steve Broome – Associate Co-Director
Steve’s expertise is in research, evaluation, and social innovation. His interests are community development, social networks, mental wellbeing, substance misuse, criminal justice, and local economic development. He set up the Connected Communities programme while at the RSA, testing social network and asset-based approaches to community development and public services.

Hári Sewell - Associate
Hári has a wide range of operational and strategic leadership experience in health and social care. He is a social worker by background with 20 years’ experience. Hári has held a number of senior roles within social care and the NHS, most recently Executive Director for Organisational Development in an inner-city Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Karen Linde - Associate
Karen has held senior appointments in academic and development contexts (mainly the NHS) with responsibility for the design of large scale change initiatives, improvement, evaluation and research activities. She is working at strategic levels with policy, workforce and engagement issues for the public sector and related evidence gathering, briefing and evaluative activity.

Carey Bamber – Associate
Carey has worked in health and social care settings for 25 years in a wide range of organisations and roles covering third sector, public services, arms length bodies, and more latterly she works as a freelance consultant. Carey started her career working in advice services, supporting people with mental health problems, and establishing a resettlement service for homeless people in Manchester.

Zoe Robinson – Associate
Zoe has worked as a forensic health care assistant at West London Mental Health Trust and managed mental health and ex-offender projects for Stonham Housing Association. Zoe was seconded to the Social Exclusion Unit to contribute to their mental health project, providing advice on front line issues and led on several policy areas.

Christa Drennan - Associate
Christa is an accredited psychotherapist with an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Christa has a wide range of academic, policy, commissioning and operational experience and knowledge. Christa leads on substance misuse and dual diagnosis services for a London NHS Trust, with responsibility for three tier 3 prescribing services for drug users and two prescribing services for alcohol addiction.

Joanna Hicks - Associate
Joanna has a background in social work, community engagement, marketing and public relations. She is an experienced manager in both private and public sectors, the latter including academic and practice roles. For the past 10 years she has focused on mental health and substance misuse issues.

Dr Fabian Davis - Associate
Fabian is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. He manages the psychological therapies service for people with complex mental health issues and is lead for social inclusion in the London Borough of Bromley. He has worked in the NHS for 35 years as a clinician, service co-developer and researcher.

Tina Coldham - Associate
Tina has been a mental health service user for many years, and is still a practicing depressive! She became a user activist through setting up self-help groups, and also being part of a local successful campaigning user group. This has led to wider regional, national and international strategic involvement with SCIE and INVOLVE. Her areas of expertise include user involvement, co-production, personalisation, survivor research, peer support.  Tina holds a PG Certificate in Strategic Social Care Leadership.

Catherine Wilton - Associate
Catherine is a former Department of Health (DH) Advisor on social capital and now runs Making the Connections consultancy. She set up the Building Community Capacity project for DH, now part of the Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Partnership, bringing together councils, think tanks, national provider and third sector organisations to share and develop approaches to building social capital.

Toby Williamson - Associate
Toby is an independent consultant working in the fields of adult and older people’s mental health, dementia, mental capacity, and safeguarding. For many years Toby has worked in and managed research, evaluation, practice and service development, and policy work. For the last 10 years he has particularly focused on dementia promoting the rights of people with dementia and their families through the DEEP initiative.

Kathryn James – Associate

To follow

Additional Information

For further information please contact:

Prof. David Morris
Centre Director
11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN Tel: 0207 307 2448

Dr Julie Ridley
Eden Building 324, University of Central Lancashire PR1 2HE

Ellen Dobson
Research and Business Administrator
Brook Hub, Brook Building Room 204, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 894364 (Direct Line)

Tel: 01772 891992 or 01772 891993 (Reception)

Related Projects

  • Mental health
  • Dementia capable cities
  • Connected communities in Higher Education
  • Connecting people’s development
  • H&WBB and CCG development

List of programmes since 2013:

  • Connected Communities
  • Connecting People
  • Kirklees
  • Odessa
  • Orbit
  • Harpurhey
  • PHT Supporting Community Conversations (Anonymised)
  • MIND Personalisation Research
  • Dementia Friendly Communities – as part of the Prime Minister's Champions Group and the Civil Society working group