Communities Can Conference

YMCA East Surrey

Our Communities Can Conference, organised to mark one year since the UK went into lockdown, had over 1,000 participants register across the UK to hear from key ‘thinkers and do-ers’ to explore how communities can build back better and stronger post-pandemic. The event, held on 24 March 2021, saw a range of speakers discuss ideas on how best to harness and extend the renewed sense of community spirit across the UK and enable communities to thrive going forward.

Themes explored included; ‘how young people hope to build their future post COVID-19’, ‘how communities are taking control of the environmental crisis’, ‘the unequal impact of COVID-19 on communities’ and ‘how communities plan to recover and rebuild’. The final session saw a range of funders come together with the conference delegates to consider their role in building a better future with and for communities.

This page will continue to evolve. Here is some information you might find of interest.

Information Hub

More information about the Fund

Our Making a Difference report.

Rebuilding our planet – communities taking control of the environmental crisis

Clover Hogan points you towards:
Force of Nature report into the rise of ecoanxiety

Clover's TEDx Talk on How to rewrite your climate change story


Roy Kareem points you towards:
One in eight British households has no garden


The unequal impact of COVID-19 on communities

Raheel Mohammed points you towards:

Our education work
Our health work