One of the marvellous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.

- Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

Community: then, now and next?

Keynsham Action Network or ‘KAN’ is the response of a group of Keynsham residents to what we see as a loss of connection and a loss of deep meaning in our culture. Everywhere there is evidence of this: epidemic loneliness in the young as much as the old, socially determined illness overwhelming our health services, young people leaving education unprepared for a life of purpose and achievement, being careless of our natural environment, widespread substance abuse and prisons overflowing with inmates.