The informal assets and resources that communities possess perform a key role in supporting the health and wellbeing of local people. A person’s social networks can have a significant impact on their health and the actions of local community and voluntary organisations have many practical, social and psychological benefits. Social relationships and networks also contribute towards the resilience of communities, that is, their ability to cope with adversity.

The overview explores some of the key issues relating to Gloucestershire's local communities.

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