Many of our government-funded systems are filing the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. At the same time, we are side-lining our greatest asset; local people. We have a stark choice – to keep pouring money into policies we know aren’t working, or to invest in new and better ways that really improve people’s lives.
We need a radical reset: one that empowers local charities, grassroots movements and faith groups, in a more imaginative, less bureaucratic, more collaborative approach to community development. A Manifesto for Hope sets out ten tried-and-tested practical principles for how to develop joined-up, cost-effective, community-empowering work, each gleaned form the hard-won experience that has sat at the heart of Steve Chalke’s work over the last four decades. It culminates in a call for a new social covenant, one that will transform the life chances of countless young people and families.
It’s time to reimagine. It’s time for A Manifesto for Hope!
“This important book sets out vital steps for government, civil society, and key stakeholders to create integrated care for our young people.” – Sir Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister
“This book will not disappoint anyone looking for new inspiration, ambition, and hope that we can solve the most intractable social problems facing young people today.” – Anne Longfield CBE, former Children’s Commissioner for England
“Creating practical solutions to bring hope and change.” – Florence Eshalomi, Steve’s local MP
“Steve has dedicated his life to changing young people’s lives and transforming our world for the better; and he has distilled a lifetime of experience into this remarkable book … his manifesto for hope is a clarion call for change.” – Mark Russell, Chief Executive, The Children’s Society