Tag Archives: Community work

Navigating dilemmas of community development: Practitioner reflections on working with Aboriginal communities

Abstract Intrinsically, community development involves navigating dilemmas. These dilemmas have intensified as neoliberal “arts of government” become more widespread and a “results agenda” more entrenched. Recent studies explore how community development practitioners manage the ambiguities of this current context. This … Continue reading

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Building relationships

Relationships are at the heart of family and community work; and building relationships take time. When I helped run groups for people living in caravan parks, we door knocked around the parks inviting residents to join us. Each week we … Continue reading

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Principle 2: Services will be flexible and creative

Part 3 of a series of posts based on nine principles for supporting permanent residents of caravan parks which are relevant to a range of other contexts. The first post introduced the context and listed the nine principles. Early on … Continue reading

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Principle 1: Services will make building strong relationships with residents a high priority

Part 2 of a series of posts based on nine principles for supporting permanent residents of caravan parks which are relevant to a range of other contexts. The first post introduced the context and listed the nine principles. Building a … Continue reading

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9 principles for supporting families and communities

In 2006 I helped facilitate a national forum for family and community workers supporting permanent residents of caravan parks. Through the forum we identified nine principles of promising practice for working with permanent residents of caravan parks. These principles, however, … Continue reading

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What is the Strengths Perspective?

The strengths perspective and strengths-based approaches  offer service providers ways of working that focus on strengths, abilities and potential rather than problems, deficits and pathologies (Chapin, 1995; Early & GlenMaye, 2000; Saleebey, 1992d; Weick et al., 1989). Since the mid 1980’s … Continue reading

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