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The ‘resilience’ of community organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic: absorptive, adaptive and transformational capacity during a crisis response

Dayson, C., Bimpson, E., Ellis-Paine, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-4385-5098 , Gilbertson, J. & Kara, H. (2021). The ‘resilience’ of community organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic: absorptive, adaptive and transformational capacity during a crisis response. Voluntary Sector Review, 12(2), pp. 295-304. doi: 10.1332/204080521x16190270778389

Abstract

This Research Note applies the concept of ‘resilience’ to explore how Neighbourhood Networks in Leeds in the UK – 37 local community organisations supporting older people – responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights how understanding resilience as a capacity that can be absorptive, adaptive or transformative helps describe the response of community organisations during the pandemic, highlighting a process of ongoing adjustment and innovation as the pandemic evolved. We suggest that the concept of resilience is helpful in this context for understanding <jats:italic>how</jats:italic> community organisations responded to the emergent nature of the crisis, but it is less effective at revealing <jats:italic>why</jats:italic> that may have been the case. This limitation notwithstanding, we argue that absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity ought to be desirable attributes of community organisations if they are distributed equitably and enable them to fulfil their mission and contribute to social change.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Policy Press 2021. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Dayson, C., Bimpson, E., Ellis-Paine, A. , Gilbertson, J. & Kara, H. (2021). The ‘resilience’ of community organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic: absorptive, adaptive and transformational capacity during a crisis response. Voluntary Sector Review, 12(2), pp. 295-304. is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080521X16190270778389
Publisher Keywords: community organisations; COVID-19; resilience; neighbourhoods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Departments: Bayes Business School
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