I’ve recently been thinking about the difference between community development and community work, and the importance of being clear about which is appropriate for a given context. These are fairly initial thoughts so I’d welcome any feedback or comments.
In thinking about family work, social work and other human service fields, it can be useful to think of a number of broad fields of practice including:
- Casework and case management
- Group work
- Community work
- Social policy and administration
- Social action
Each of these fields of practice have different approaches, emphasise different practice skills, and have different priorities. Each of them are important and have their role. Like the other fields of practice, community work covers a very broad area and can include community engagement, health promotion, community organising, community housing, community education, and community development—to name a few.
One of the defining characteristics of community work is that the focus is on the collective rather than the individual [1, 2]. The emphasis is on strategies that make a difference at a community level and that help build the capacity of communities to address specific issues or to build community capacity and wellbeing. Continue reading
It’s my first day back at Uni today and I’m speaking to some new course coordinators. There some notes about what I cover at https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/course-coordination/
It’s fairly specific to the University of Newcastle, but it might be helpful to others as well.
This is a complete list of the posts I published in 2017 with the number of views they received in 2017. I thought I would share it as some of you might be interested in seeing the number of views I receive for individual posts. As you can see, there are quite a few posts that don’t receive many views—while it is nice that people read the blog, I don’t just blog to receive views.
I try not to concentrate on posts that will generate lots of views and I also don’t want to play the game of visiting other people’s blogs and commenting just to drive people to the blog. Continue reading
Total monthly blog views (2011-2017)
Last year I started regular transparency reports to share some stats on my blog in case anyone is interested. Even though I don’t generate any income from the blog, I think it is worth sharing how the blog is going and what types of posts are of most interest.
When I started blogging I had little idea how my blog compared to others and even now I don’t really know. While blogging isn’t all about how many views are received, it is still important.
I have a free WordPress blog (with the “no ads” upgrade) which works well for me, so the following are based on the stats available through WordPress. Continue reading
I’ve just updated my introduction to community engagement. As always I’d welcome any feedback or thoughts.
This is a useful short video (produced by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health) introducing some key concepts relating to engaging families. While its focus is child and youth mental health, it is just as relevant to a range of other contexts.
It emphasises the importance of listening to families, being led by families and building on their strengths and resources—all of which are important in strengths-based practice and asset-based community development.
The Centre also identifies six tips for engaging families at a service delivery level: Continue reading