Presentation on theme: "Community Development & Capacity Building Workshop November 18, 2008, Gander, NL With Special Guest Stars: Participants from all over Newfoundland & Labrador!!!"— Presentation transcript:
Community Development & Capacity Building Workshop November 18, 2008, Gander, NL With Special Guest Stars: Participants from all over Newfoundland & Labrador!!!
Workshop Agenda Welcome/housekeeping Introduction Overview of approaches to working in communities Elements of community development Role of practitioners in community development Mobilizing communities Lunch (12:15 – 1:15) What is community capacity building? Capacity building and working with communities Supports & barriers to using a capacity building approach Measuring Community Capacity Resource Kit Resources Evaluation and Closing
Workshop Guidelines Respect each others experiences and perspectives Listen to each other Make sure everyone has a chance to speak Move around as you wish Cell phones off or set to vibrate Other?
Approaches to Working in Communities Community Development Community Capacity Building Healthy Communities Population Health Health Promotion PATCH Social Learning Theory Social Support Theory
Community Development …. is a process that supports community members collectively identifying their strengths, resources, and capacities; and then mobilizing these strengths and resources in an organized way to address agreed-upon needs and priorities in a way that works for the community (Horizons Community Development Associates). aims to make sure that local people are involved in defining and taking action on the issues that affect their lives. It seeks to involve those who are usually excluded from decision-making processes and to challenge discrimination and inequality. (Association of Community Workers).
Levels of Participation Manipulation Information Consultation Deciding together Acting together Supporting independent community interests
Principles of Good Community Development Practice Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives. Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
Principles of Good Community Development Practice (contd) Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community. Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
Principles of Good Community Development Practice (contd) Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long term sustainability and well being of the community. (Developed by the Community Development Society)
Reflection Question How can you apply these CD principles in your work?
Afternoon Agenda What is community capacity building? Capacity building and working with communities Supports & barriers to using a capacity building approach Measuring Community Capacity Resource Kit Resources Evaluation and Closing
Community Capacity Building... … is a process that aims to increase a communitys ability to work together to meets its goals and needs. Capacity building works to enhance the strengths a community already has. Capacity is built from: Commitment: the will to act; Resources: including both financial and other resources; and Skills: talents and expertise ( Adapted from the Community Foundation of Canada, 1999 )
Dimensions of Community Capacity Participation & leadership Skills Resources Social & inter-agency networks Sense of community Understanding of community history Community power Community values Critical reflection
Reflection Question What actions can you take in your work to build on the various dimensions of community capacity?
Supports & Barriers Whats in place to help us incorporate this capacity building action in our work? How can we use this support to help incorporate this capacity building action in our work? What barrier could stop us from incorporating this capacity building action in our work? How can we address this barrier? Partners we can work with to incorporate this capacity building action into our work? Concrete actions we can take to move forward? Timeline for taking the action? How will we know if were successful?
Measuring Community Capacity Resource Kit http://www.horizonscda.ca/resources.html
My most significant learning from today is…..
Community We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. (Starhawk)