Community Links established the Early Action Task Force (EATF) in 2011 to address the question “How do we build a society that prevents problems from occurring rather than one that, as now, copes with the consequences?” It is a group of leaders committed to preventative approaches and drawn from across the sectors – voluntary, statutory, private and academia. The aim is to embed Early Action approaches across the public and voluntary sectors.

We want to take Early Action from common sense to common practice

Our most recent publication “Deep Value Relationships”, builds upon our initial 2011 report, confirming the view that lives are transformed through strong, meaningful and consistent relationships, and these are especially important where individuals are facing complex challenges.

You can find all of the Task Force’s previous publications here.

Our Early Action Practitioners Network now has almost 650 members and our focus has been on supporting the development of Early Action on the ground. Support includes one to one help, a news bulletin at least once a month and a regular “Early Action Insights” events programme focusing on Early Action in specific sectors and led by successful practitioners. To sign up to the Early Action bulletin, and find out about latest news, events and case studies, please follow this link.

We recently received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to expand our groundbreaking work by developing the practitioner network, creating an Early Action training programme for small voluntary organisations and building the evidence base.

Throughout 2020, we are holding a number of Early Action Training sessions across the UK, with organisations such as the University of Lincoln and The Action Foundation.

If you, or your organisation, have an Early Action approach that you would like to share, please contact murshad.habib@community-links.org