Community Links has a long and proud history of drawing ideas and lessons for change from its base in East London and translating them into inspiring policy themes to influence others locally and nationally. Over the last 10 years we have created a national reputation for our work around Early Action and have enriched this with a related theme around Deep Value relationships.

Today, the Community Links Policy team is focusing its efforts on making Early Action common practice, better understanding the impact of Deep Value relationships, and learning how our local community might eventually become Ready for Everything. Within these areas, we are seeking to use the learning from our programmes and advice services, as well as our own research, to make positive interventions into policy areas including Housing, Health & Mental Health, Welfare, Inequality & Diversity, Employment, Youth and Social Infrastructure. See below for our recent publications on how we believe our policy work can be put into practice!

    Early Action

Our work seeks to promote readiness and prevent future need. We seek to ensure that public policy prevents crises occurring rather than picking up the pieces. Our Early Action Task Force is building a broad alliance of people from every sector, united by their desire for a society which acts earlier.

Read our work defining Early Action and find out more about Early Action approaches to health, mental health, youth services and more.

    Deep Value

We know that strong, one-to-one relationships transform lives. Our research into Deep Value relationships in the delivery of public services has collated powerful evidence that they make a considerable difference.

Find out about the importance of Deep Value relationships for public services and the third sector.

    Ready for Everything Communities

Read about the essential services, skills and infrastructure a community needs to truly become Ready for Everything!