Community groups

Community groups play an important role in making great places through improving or looking after their local spaces.

Janet Bagshaw, of the Southey Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) group.

Janet Bagshaw, of the Southey Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) group. Copyright Michele Turriani.

Community groups can be a great catalyst for getting their particular place improved – and should be a vital part of the decision-making, commissioning and design process.

How we help community groups


Investigate how our participation tool can help you evaluate the quality of a public space, and debate and agree priorities for improvement.

Community-led spaces: a guide for local authorities and community groups

A guide to the issues involved in transferring ownership and management of public space from local authorities to community groups.

Community green: using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health

Local green spaces are not being used because of their poor quality, according to our new report.

Creating excellent buildings

Read our guide to commissioning a building project, covering the four main stages of preparation, design, construction and use.

Creating successful masterplans

Discover how to produce better masterplans that lead to the physical, social and economic revival of places.

Decent homes need decent spaces

An action plan to improve the quality of open spaces within social housing areas.

Helping community groups to improve public spaces

A summary of research by CABE into the main barriers facing community groups in improving public spaces.

It’s our space

Find out how to lead the development or improvement of your public space, and read our inspirational case studies.

Inclusion by design

Examine the latest in the ongoing debate about how we ensure buildings and places are designed for everyone.

Urban green nation: building the evidence base

Useful facts on the importance of green spaces for people.

Education at CABE

Discover how we can help young people play an active part in improving the places we live in.

Green Day activity kit

Get ideas and resources for holding a school 'green day', making it a sustainable place in which to learn and play.