A PhD study in partnership between GMCVO researcher Susanne Martikke, GMCVO and the University of Manchester is looking at the role of community hubs in facilitating social relationships in deprived urban neighbourhoods. Data from in -depth fieldwork in two contrasting GM locations illuminates the importance of some VCSE organisations as spaces where citizens as activists, volunteers and involved users are addressing individual and collective challenges and building trust within communities. The final report is expected in 2021. So far, a briefing about social capital has been published.

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