Community Development'. What does it actually mean?
Community Development is a process of change whereby people work together around common issues and aspirations in ways that enhance learning, encourage participation, and support the development of a culture of informed and accountable decision making. Community may refer either to a geographical community where the common issues are those of the locality or to a community of interest or identity where the common issues are not spatial.
What does Community Development Cymru (CDC) do?
Established for over 10 years, Community Development Cymru works towards strengthening community asserts through community development approaches, as well as influencing community development policy in Wales by using lessons from our experiences. We want to enable change for those experiencing social exclusion, through empowering them to challenge inequality and social injustice, and develop their potential to become informed, active citizens. The work we do is transformational.
The need for a Community Development organisation has never been greater. Recent Welfare Reform Legislation has led to cuts in public spending and sustained, unacceptable levels of poverty, and there is potential for large increases in social inequality and discrimination within communities. Community Development interventions are becoming more relevant and more necessary with each day and each funding and service cut.
Can I get involved?
CDC is a membership organisation and the voice of community development in Wales. We work with our members to ensure the voice of the field is heard and influences policy and strategy. We work with our partners to promote a better understanding of community development and to improve the quality of community development practice. We encourage anyone involved in community-based work to adopt community development principles and practice in their work.
Contact Emma Smart email@example.com / 01686 627377 / 07805698912
Registered Charity No: 1123538 Community Development Cymru Tel: 07805 698912 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org