The notion of resilience has informed a wide range of disciplines and contexts but the concept is understood in different ways.  An individual or community approach to building resilience usually does not take account of the wider socioeconomic, environmental and governance arrangements in which people live.  Approaches to resilience that place the focus on the individual or community include empowering patients to self-manage health conditions, or the transfer of responsibility to a group of residents to manage services for themselves.

Tackling health inequalities and improving the conditions that shape these inequalities needs an approach that puts the focus on the system working as a whole.  Systems resilience is about enhancing the collective resilience of people and institutions, which includes public, private and voluntary organisations, as well as individuals and communities.

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The CLAHRC North West Coast neighbourhood resilience programme is based in a network of ten Neighbourhoods for Learning. The programme aims to enhance systems resilience in these neighbourhoods.  It does this by using evidence from research alongside the knowledge of people who live and work in the local areas, to identify what matters to people locally and what needs to change.   The programme provides a valuable opportunity for joint working between residents, professionals,  policy makers, and other stakeholders.  Follow this link to find out more, or watch the video tours below.


Local residents document what has been happening in the neighbourhoods.

Art based storytelling

Award winning approaches to using art in health inequalities research

Supported by NWC CLAHRC, three Neighbourhoods for Learning have pioneered the use of art-based storytelling as part of their resident-led research enquiries. Two neighbourhoods focused on understanding social isolation and building greater social connectedness. The third area has explored ways of improving employment prospects for local people.