Supporting local groups in responding to social needs: A case study of the Kobe Community Support Project
The importance of support centres, or intermediary bodies, for the emerging voluntary sector in Japan has been recognized increasingly in recent years. In 2000, there were more than thirty support centres of different types – in terms of size, range of target population, ownership and style of management. The support that these centres provide for Japanese voluntary organizations includes financial support, information dissemination, client referral, staff development services, research, social action, advocacy and networking. As such they undertake very much the role that Local Development Agencies undertake in the UK.