Community hubs: Ten strategies for sustainability
This study from the University of Liverpool explores the factors affecting sustainability within Safe Regeneration – a community hub organisation in Sefton, Liverpool City Region – that has been operating with steady growth for 20 years, working within some of the most disadvantaged communities in England.
After looking closely at how Safe Regeneration in Liverpool operates via an ethnographic study*, the authors compiled a top ten of the characteristics they believe have made Safe a sustainable business. They hope other community hubs can learn from these characteristics to become more sustainable as well.
*The ethnographic, participant-observation approach involved interviews with 27 participants including eight employees and trustees of Safe Regeneration, seven consortium members and eight community hub leaders from elsewhere in the region. They observed events and day-to-day practice over a period of six months between March and August 2019.