Community Involvement

Community Involvement is the first module in the ViSEnet learning materials – and will help you in the beginning stages of starting a community or social enterprise. This module offers clear guidance, helpful templates and activities for each topic. There are 6 chapters in this module, which cover:

  1. Defining your community
  2. Community engagement
  3. Needs and opportunities
  4. Prioritising and action planning
  5. Unlocking assets within the community
  6. Stakeholder engagement

A more in-depth break down of these chapters is given below. Note that it isn’t necessary to work your way through all of the chapters, and you can dip in and out as you need.

These learning materials are designed to take you from having an idea, or wanting to take action – to having a fully fledged action plan, which takes into account the views and skills of everyone in your community.

This is especially important for rural communities, where the actions of a group of people can have a significant bearing on other people locally. Our learning materials recognise and harness the unique characteristics of rural and remote communities, which have high levels of trust, cooperation, and networking.

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Module 1 Detailed Overview 


1. Defining Your Community

    • Defining your community
    • Case studies

2. Community Engagement

    • What is community engagement?
    • Things to consider for community engagement
    • Inclusive engagement
    • Communications
    • Case studies

3. Needs and Opportunities

    • Inclusivity
    • Responding to a pre-determined need or opportunity that provides a focal point
    • Identifying needs and opportunities
    • Survey methods for gathering feedback
    • Focus groups for gathering feedback
    • Once priorities have been identified
    • Case studies

4. Prioritising and Action Planning

    • The importance of prioritising
    • Action planning
    • Case studies

5. Unlocking Assets within the Community

    • What are my assets?
    • Why are our community assets important?
    • Activities
    • Maximising community assets to deliver social enterprise solutions
    • Case studies

6. Stakeholder Engagement

    • Identifying stakeholders
    • Understanding stakeholder motivations and potential support or conflict that may arise
    • The benefits of effective stakeholder engagement
    • Case studies



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