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Successful Community Focussed Development

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Do you ever feel like your efforst to develop community led initiatives fall flat, or are a bit lacklustre?

Or maybe you think your ideas are strong, but you aren't getting the payoffs you expect?

Over the past three years we have been heavily involved in developing community focused housing solutions in Wales.

Every housing provider could probably make a reasonably legitimate claim to providing community focussed housing to their tenants, so it’s only fair that we define our terminology from the word go.

When we say ‘Community Focussed Housing’ we mean housing that genuinely devolves a level of responsibility to the community. This could be something like a small scale social enterprise based around the skills of a community, a tenant’s organisation for managing grounds maintenance, providing the resources and funding to allow a community to improve their surroundings (change the environment to change the culture, right?) or delivering a full scale housing cooperative.

The scale is irrelevant, don’t confuse action with achievement, it used to be our favourite trick as professionals, and it’s something we don’t stand for anymore. No dice, sorry. What matters is the impact and benefit of a project. A tiny community garden, staffed by four volunteers, can (and most likely will) deliver as much community benefit as a hulking, leasehold cooperative, managing every aspect of housing service delivery.

The simple key is to always look first at what your communities and tenants want, understand what will show the change and then look at what your communities and tenants already have. Then by joining the dots we truly believe you can start to collaboratively build a solution that will not only work, but will last.

If you miss out the motivating factor to kick-start the community endeavour, if you miss out on what will indicate improvements or if you wade in and think you can provide the solution your community needs, without looking at what innate resources it already has your endeavour will tank and it will tank hard.

This one day training course will help you to better understand how to approach community engagement and community development, giving you a practial toolkit to get closer to achieving resilient and engaged communities.

Developing a community takes time, care and passion, with this training we'll be:

Teaching you to think aout your communities as active customers, rather than passive engagers.

We'll set you on the path to developing engagement strategies that work

We'll look in detail at the negagement strategies you have as an individual and as a business that could improve your community development outcomes.

The day is highly interactive, and we prefer practical examples to work through rather than staged case studies, so we encourage all delegates to bring examples with them from their day to day work.You'll get better value that way, and it's interesting for us to see your work first hand.

And don't forget that every delegate will have three complementary coaching sessions with our trainers.


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