Community practice and programme development

  • Advice, facilitation and support for community led development  

  • Design and delivery support for community engagement, participation and development programmes and projects

  • Community group and neighbourhood development

  • Network design and networking facilitation

  • Community cohesion – dealing with conflict and building understanding

  • Bridging and linking policy and practice

  • Developing and facilitating creative approaches and techniques to enable maximum participation

‘Conscious’ and reflective community work practice is a key theme in my work. In 2002 I co-authored the publication ‘Building Practitioner Strengths’ (CDF) which provides a framework for use in planning and reflecting un practice as well as approaches to supervision, peer mentoring and team/collective learning and development.

Examples of work include:

  • National longitudinal evaluation of Big Local of Big Local programme, 2015- ongoing

  • Learning partner to various Community Organisers programmes 2011-2017 (Locality and COLtd)

  • Evaluation of Sheffield and Rotherham Wilsdlife Trust Natural Neighbours project, 2018 - ongoing

  • Training support for RVS Local People's Projects, 2018 - ongoing

  • Big Local rep for Local Trust, 2011-2014

  • Relationship manager and Advisor to Our Place (Locality), First Steps (CDF) and Community Economic Development (Co-ops UK) Programmes 2014-2017

  • Facilitation for community group meetings and events


I can also offer development and reflection workshops, and mentoring and non-managerial supervision, for community workers and development practitioners e.g. for local authority departments and teams, voluntary sector organisations, and for individual workers.