What a great article. There are a number of issues I think it is worth pointing out. In these comments I am in no way belittling the great work described in the excellent short article. I've not a doubt it is transformative stuff.
Firstly it's worth pointing out that the concept of community development, or one of the many phrases used to describe the same set of stuff, has been around for a century or so. Many stakeholders, from a very wide variety of backgrounds, have been funding and / or delivering this type of work for many decades before Bromley By Bow and similar.
Similarly with regard to social prescribing. It's a concept not without its ideological problems, but again Lord Mawson is not a pioneer here, nor is it a new concept. With regard to health champions and health trainers, Sheffield has been in this space for a decade or so. It has been championed and delivered by many diverse organisations for a long time now.
Finally, what was more than a little irritating was the opening sentence. Assuming the quote about "liberal Guardian readers writing reports rather than getting things done" - is a direct quote, it is demeaning, factually inaccurate, and insulting to those who have been working in this space for decades.
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