The Carnegie Trust has launched a new report today, Journeys of Understanding: Domestic twinning as an approach to improving town capacity and wellbeing written by Carnegie Associate, Pauline Radcliffe.
This report concludes a unique, 18-month twinning experiment highlighting the opportunities to learn and share ideas between Britain’s towns. Twin Towns UK sought to boost the development of selected towns, not through major grant investment or specific output focused funding streams, but through supporting a process of learning and collaboration.
The Carnegie UK Trust’s Twin Towns project paired six towns; Broughshane & Wooler, North Shields & Merthyr Tydfil and Whitburn & Ostwaldtwistle with the goal of encouraging towns to think differently about what they could do to improve their local communities by learning from others in similar situations. The Trust used a ‘plus funding’ model of support, evaluation, study trips and events combined with small scale funding to support self-directed activities.
The Carnegie UK Trust will be exploring other methods of engaging with towns over the next two years to support them practically and to amplify their voice in policy and media discussions.
In community radio, we might consider a similar twinning project between stations to share best practice and improve their delivery of social gain outcomes.
You can read more about the key points of the Carnegie report in the blog on the report.