As we begin to analyse the results of our standards review we will put some summaries of the comments so far. If you would like to contribute to our standards review you can find out more information here or go to the surveys: Phase 1 Questionnare, Phase 2 Questionnare, Phase 3 Questionnare.

Phase 1 Key Purpose and Values Summary

The key purpose
There was general agreement that it worked as a summary, with suggestions for amending the wording a little to

  • Emphasis putting on place collaborative and cooperative structures and initiatives – such a social enterprises that are sustainable, offering real wealth creation, organisations firmly connected with people and neighbourhoods
  • Include on-line/social media
  • Can appear outdates and patronising so avid the word develop and use an alternative that focuses the emphasis on releasing existing skills and capacity
  • Replace ‘identify own needs and actions’ with ‘become aware of needs, aspirations and actions’.. a nod to Frierian and appreciative approaches
  • It outlines a bottom up approach and reflects the asset based approach which could be strengthened

The values
Generally seen to be still relevant with some suggestions about changing the language

  • Each value would benefit from reassessment and being relaunched so they are more clearly connected to current realities
  • Look at the language and make it more accessible; stress on community empowerment and unity
  • Add in about sustainability, climate change, climate/ environmental justice, mitigating global warming, and economic justice
  • Make anti discrimination stronger as we are often working against oppression or worse
  • Add cooperative to collective action, or in the sub text
Phase 2 Summary how community development practice links to the UN sustainability goals

The responses have been listed in the order of the number of people who said they were important to their work, along with some of the examples people gave.

1st. Goal 10 is reduced inequalities

  • providing support for disadvantaged communities & people - employment, money advice, training, specialist support for vulnerable people e.g. Thriving Hollinwood
  • focussed on people and communities in Rural areas, ensuring that those in Rural areas are not left behind or disadvantaged, ensuring they have an effective voice and support and guidance for projects and actions

2nd. Goal 3 is good health and well-being

  • working with education admission services and communities to get young people into school
  • work around health inequalities in East Leeds addresses health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities.
  • Re mental well being - Use of what's app groups for different community groups; wellbeing focus on health programmes - e,g. GM Moving local programmes, working with sports groups to increase participation; enabling service take up/GP registration etc.
  • Support groups for people with mental health difficulties
  • supporting the setting up and running of Good Neighbours Schemes but also other 'Wise and well' initiatives.

3rd. Goal 2 is zero hunger

  • linking communities with foodbanks so they have a broader reach into new and emerging communities
  • work with the Doncaster Conversation Club addresses poverty and food hunger
  • emergency Food Resource during Lockdown
  • food banks, food distribution networks; growing food projects; kitchens

Joint 4th. are:

Goal 1 is no poverty

  • teaching and discussion across our modules on issues of poverty (both relative and absolute).
  • clothing bank (clothing, housewares, toys & toiletries) for asylum seeker and refugees
  • Anti poverty work - e.g. Greater Manchester

Goal 5 is gender equality

  • support for access to careers/employment e.g. women in to construction,
  • women in Social Housing networks
  • supporting and encouraging women to take on leadership positions in communities.

Goal 11 is sustainable cities and communities

  • Placemaking & regeneration, aiming to help neighbourhoods to be sustainable, actively supporting community led housing and social enterprise.
  • improving and maintaining green spaces, such as a local park
  • focussed on Rural aspects, assistance with Community-led planning (including Neighbourhood planning) and Community-led housing and support to Community buildings

Joint 5th. are:

Goal 4 is quality education

  • working with local schools in priority areas to support achievement and aspiration;
  • careers support, working to prevent NEET

Goal 16 is peace, justice and strong institutions

  • as a society emerging from conflict, community development workers in NI have been at the forefront of peace-building and reconciliation work, but the continuation of geographical communities and a political landscape divided along religious and political lines perpetuates sectarian division and thus the need for ongoing peace and conflict resolution.
  • working with a range of organisations and structures is part of this - recognising and supporting voluntary sector network bodies, collaborating with partners as a principle, working to make local structures effective and committing time to supporting local decision making a reality.
  • Raising awareness of the needs and rights of asylum seekers.

6th.  Goal 13 is climate action

  • green & environmental policies for the organisation
  • promoting cycle lanes and 20mph speed limits on town streets.
  • support for projects like community solar farms
  • projects like plastic free communities.

Joint 7th. are:

Goal 6 is clean water and sanitation

  • environmental action plans

Goal 7 is affordable and clean energy

  • supporting green energy through procurement, linking with Oldham Power