Community Development Essay
UNIT 17: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORK
ASSIGNMENT TITLE: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – THEORY AND PRACTICE
Introduction: In this assignment I am going to explore the core theme of Community Development. In doing so, I will come to understand various theories and concepts, relevant legislation and policy, underpinning values, principles and ethics, and practice application with all regards to community development. In the first section of the assignment I will analyse the differences between Community, Community Work and Community Development and explain how Northern Ireland has become a more diverse community. Following this section I will analyse how worker/agency would go about analysing the strengths, …show more content…
There are four different elements that enter into most sociological definitions of the term community. These elements include: Group of people, geographical area, social interaction and common ties. So the term community consists of a person in social interaction within a geographical area and having one or more additional common ties.
Community Work: Popple (1995) says that ‘One of the problems facing community work is that it has no single definition and is frequently considered simply as a form of welfare work. For example, a wide range of activities, such as visiting housebound and older people, working in economically and socially deprived housing neighbourhoods and intervening with young offenders, have all been described as community work’. Because it encompasses such a wide area of work, ‘community work’ can be considered as an umbrella term. Banks et al (2003) described the term community work as ‘work done by occupational groups who work with individuals and community groups to identify needs and