Recognition Schemes are supported reflective-learning programmes based on Community Development National Occupational Standards. The original full Recognition scheme for experienced CD practitioners developed from the accreditation units that used to offer a portfolio based route to qualification. More recently Baseline Recognition has been piloted to enable activists and workers to demonstrate their learning from their community activities so far and to assist in setting out their next steps in learning, community activity and employment. A project based ‘real-time version of Recognition is being developed to encourage learning from practice. All Recognition schemes offer mentors to participants and require the presentation of their portfolio to a panel; some offer more group based learning and sharing. The schemes are flexible and can be adapted to most situations where valuing the skills and knowledge people have gained or are gaining from their community activity is important. Completing Recognition builds confidence, skills and the qualities required to practice community development effectively.
What is Involved?
Working with a mentor:
- Participants decide on the level of Recognition they intend to aim for (levels 1 to 6);
- Participants agree on a piece of work that will show their competence as outlined in National Occupational Standards;
- Participants build a practice portfolio using reflective and planning techniques to record their practice and demonstrate their learning from practice and the identification of developing skills, knowledge and qualities;
- Participants present their portfolio to a panel of assessors.
The opportunity to attend workshops on particular relevant topics and for skills development.
An assessor is appointed who:
- Visits to verify the participant’s practice experience;
- Joins 2 other assessors to form a panel, who listen to the participant’s presentation and question and discuss aspects of the participant’s practice, their knowledge base and range of technical skills.
Benefits for participants
- Recognising skills and knowledge through working on community initiatives and projects;
- Realising how work within the principles and values1 of community development practice fosters long term social change;
- An invigorated outlook for community development approaches;
- Confidence to make things happen for themselves and their communities;
- An opportunity to learn from others;
- Increased analytical, creative, problem-focussed skills;
- Recognition of what they have achieved as part of their work in communities.
Benefits for organisations
- Staff and volunteers with nationally validated learning;
- Delivery of improved community development practice leading to better outcomes for the communities in which they work;
- Cost effective continuous professional development;
- Opportunity to build the capacity of your organisation to run your own Recognition Scheme, making a more sustainable, affordable and flexible option for your needs;
- Access to qualifications for assessors and mentors.