Community Involvement

What is community involvement and why is it important?

In the beginning stages of starting a community or social enterprise, there are a number of crucial things to consider. These include how you define your community, engaging with people locally, determining your community’s needs, opportunities and assets, and being able to create a list of priorities which translate into an action plan. It is also essential to identify local stakeholders (anyone with an interest), and understand their motivations, so you can identify potential conflict or support that may arise.¬†This learning module, Community Involvement, covers all of these items, offering clear guidance, helpful templates and activities, and examples for each topic.

These guides 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 action of individuals or 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. It isn’t necessary to work your way through all of the topics, and you can dip in and out as you need.

 

Module 1 Content 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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