Building Strong Communities is an introductory textbook that contains practical tools, down-to-earth frameworks and useful methods, a valuable resource for working with communities. A key focus of the book is on...Show More
Building Strong Communities is an introductory textbook that contains practical tools, down-to-earth frameworks and useful methods, a valuable resource for working with communities. A key focus of the book is on empowering the grass roots – building people, groups, organisations, partnerships and networks.
In particular, it describes how strong communities might look with seven key features and introduces a new ‘Wheel of Participation’ as a useful planning framework. Written by a practitioner for both students and other practitioners, the book combines theory and practice, draws on recent research and is packed with practical examples.
This is key reading for Community Studies, Social Work or Youth and Community programmes, and will also be useful in many different settings, such as regeneration, local government, health and housing.
Building strong communities has become a key area of both policy and practice
The book gives a concise and pragmatic introduction to working with and developing communities
Provides four key themes as a model of building community strengths
Includes short case studies and examples of good practice
Introduces a new `Wheel of Participation' as a useful planning framework
Each chapter also includes a summary of the main arguments, and a set of questions to promote further study and debate.
1. Strong Communities
2. Building Skills
3. Building Organisations
4. Building Involvement
5. Building Equality
6. A partnership approach.
Brilliant! – Alan Twelvetrees, author of ‘Community Development, Social Action and Social Planning’ Palgrave Macmillan
This is a welcome addition to the suite of practical resources that help people working with communities to achieve positive change. – Fiona Garven, Director, Scottish Community Development Centre and Community Health Exchange, UK
A great introduction to the key concepts and methodologies of modern community development – Kate Faulkes, former Head of Stronger Communities, Communities Directorate, Barnsley Council
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Peer Support in Mental Health Emma Watson, Sara Meddings
- The Critically Reflective Practitioner Sue Thompson, Neil Thompson
- Ethics and Values in Social Work Sarah Banks
- Anti-Discriminatory Practice Neil Thompson
- Doing a Successful Research Project Martin Davies, Nathan Hughes
- Social Work Theories in Context Karen Healy
- Philosophy of Social Science Ted Benton, Ian Craib
- Working with Substance Users George Allan
- Practising Social Work Sociologically Priscilla Dunk-West, Fiona Verity
- Sociology as Applied to Health and Medicine Graham Scambler
- Promoting Equality Neil Thompson
- Youth Work Practice Tony Jeffs, Mark K. Smith