The National Take Part Programme (2008-11)


The National Take Part Programme was managed by the Community Development Foundation (CDF), and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Eighteen Take Part Pathfinder organisations were supported to deliver active citizenship learning in a number of areas across England. Pathfinders included voluntary and community sector organisations, local authorities and academic institutions, each working in partnership with organisations across sectors. Pathfinders aimed to: 

  • build the skills and confidence of local people to enable them to pursue civic and civil activism, leadership and lay governance roles
  • support people and organisations in developing an understanding of barriers to participation and how to overcome them
  • provide a range of information about local opportunities to become involved
  • provide accreditation of learning where appropriate

From 2009-11, nine Regional Take Part Champion organisations were engaged to disseminate learning from Take Part and enable organisations across sectors to embed the approach in their community support work.

Additional support included a national 'Train the Take Part Trainer' Programme and the production of open access learning resources, tools and case studies for practitioners.

The Final Evaluation of the Take Part Programme identifies a wide range of positive impacts and successes. Click here to read it.


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