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Community development

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The role of a community development worker is to work with communities to identify issues and goals, as they see them, and to facilitate the development of collective resolutions or strategies.

To achieve this, practitioners require the ability to network and excellent communication and group facilitation skills.

Develop networks

Research relevant services
Participate in formal network groups
Develop relationships with local council and community groups

Undertake consultations
Identify stakeholders
Plan consultation strategies
Facilitate public meetings
Conduct focus groups, surveys
Collate results

Plan and facilitate group activities
Facilitate group work
Promote effective communication
Manage conflict

Support community leadership
Develop support mechanisms
Develop leadership skills

Detailed information regarding nationally endorsed competencies, qualifications frameworks and assessment requirements are available on the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website.


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