I am currently helping to plan and facilitate an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop for parents through Family Support Newcastle. We have a good team of four facilitators with a variety of experience and backgrounds.
While this workshop will be open to any parents, we are hoping to mainly attract parents who are facing significant challenges. We are working towards a number of short-term outcomes for the parents:
- Improved conflict resolution and negotiation skills
- Improved ability to show warmth and love towards their children
- Increased confidence in parenting
- Greater self-awareness in relation to parenting, making choices and conflict
- Improved ability to create boundaries with their children in a respectful, caring way
- Improved connections with their families, their community and support services.
Yesterday I updated a post on Definitions of community engagement from 2011. I’ve added some more recent definitions, updated some of the material to reflect what I’ve learnt over the last six years, removed some unimportant material which came from resources no longer available on the web, and fixed up broken links.
You can read it at https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/what-is-community-engagement/
Spectrum of Public Participation
(c) International Association for Public Participation www.iap2.org
The Spectrum of Public Participation was developed by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) to help clarify the role of the public (or community) in planning and decision-making, and how much influence the community has over planning or decision-making processes. It identifies five levels of public participation (or community engagement).
The further to the right on the Spectrum, the more influence the community has over decisions, and each level can be appropriate depending on the context. It is important to recognise they are levels; not steps. Continue reading
The latest edition of the Owner Builder magazine has an article about the Tiny House Project written by Jasmine.
Here’s the text of Jasmine’s article (but see the article for the photos and layout).
When I was little, I remember watching my parents (mainly Mum) renovating our house and wanting to help, and being excited watching it all come together. I never imagined that I would be building my own house, albeit a tiny one, in the not too distant future.
Larni and I met early in 2016 at a denim upcycling workshop and soon after decided we would like to build a tiny house together. She wanted to move out of home into her backyard, I wanted the challenge of a much larger project than I had worked on before in woodwork, and we were both keen to learn new skills in design and construction. An important consideration for us was to build the house sustainably, both environmentally and cost wise, by making it (as much as possible) out of waste materials. We are both in year 10 and have gained basic practical skills in woodwork and metalwork at school, but had no idea the time and effort a tiny house would require. Continue reading
Larni, Jasmine and Adam
Last week, the National TV show, Better Homes and Gardens, featured Jasmine and Larni’s tiny house.
You can see the segment here.
The frame of the tiny house
Planning for the tiny house started in June 2016 when Cathy suggested that Jasmine and Larni might like to build a tiny house out of recycled and waste materials as part of Transition Newcastle’s Fair Share Festival. In the TV show we would have focused more on challenging consumption and waste, but were essentially happy with how Better Homes and Gardens presented it.
Jasmine working on the tiny house
While the focus was on Jasmine and Larni (and Adam from Better Homes and Gardens) it did acknowledge that many people helped the girls. In particular, Ian (a builder), Cathy (Jasmine’s mother), Cayde (an artisan welder) and Micheal (the son of a woman involved in Transition Newcastle) put in many hours towards the project. Continue reading
When we had our first child, I genuinely worried I would leave her on a train or forget her while out shopping. I’m glad to say that she is now 16 and my fears never came to pass. (Although I did forget I had to pick her up once.)
While I do put real effort into being a father, I’m far from a perfect parent. Fortunately, that’s OK.
In 1960, Donald Winnicott spoke about good enough parenting. It is unhelpful and unrealistic to expect parents to be perfect. Children need parents who are loving, attentive and good enough: they don’t need perfection. Children don’t need super mums and dads in order to thrive – as is demonstrated by the many kids who flourish with quite ordinary parents.
Through interviews with 54 practitioners, Kellett and Apps (2009) found broad agreement about the four main components of good enough parenting: Continue reading
The current renaissance of community engagement has led to an ever increasing body of literature discussing the theory and practice of community engagement.
The rapid growth in interest in community engagement can be demonstrated by the increasing numbers of publications discussing community engagement. I recently did a search of the ProQuest journal database (a large, multidiscipline database that indexes a wide range of sources including journals, reports, theses, and newspapers) to see the extent of the increase in publications.
The search for “community engagement” in any field resulted in a total of 144,291 articles since the year 2000. (There were another 510 articles in the last three decades of the 1900s.) In 2000 there were only 261 articles published but this had grown to 24, 952 by 2015. In the 10 years between 2000 and 2009 there were 2,2291 articles and 122,000 in the following seven years. Continue reading
What journals publish articles on community engagement? To find out I did a search in two large databases (Proquest and EBSCO) for any articles in scholarly journals that had “community engagement” in their title, to identify which Journals had the most articles. I was surprised by the results.
In Proquest there were 742 results and in EBSCO 1198 results: a total of 1940. Both databases draw on a range of smaller databases so sometimes they identify the same article more than once and some journals are indexed in both databases, resulting in many duplicates. Once duplicates were removed there were 993 unique articles.
These 993 articles were in 652 different journals. Most of these journals, 510 of them, published only one article. The journals which had at least 5 articles were: Continue reading