Exeter Community Forum plans to invest in a team of community builders to work across the city.
Using the Community Organising approach as a model, they’ll work to:
- Empower communities and harness the power of individuals to work together in shared self-interest.
- Community Organising involves building relationships in communities, mobilising people to take action and supporting projects which make a difference to people’s lives.
- Community organising creates social and political change through collective action. Community Organisers listen to what people want to see change in their lives and community and help them to achieve this, working in and through democratic structures.
- Community Organisers have no agenda and do not lead or do things on behalf of people”, they help people to do things for themselves.
People have told us they don’t like being ‘organised’, so ECF plans to call these people Community Builders! But they will work to the same principles and approach.
Communities that are interested in a community builder to work with their community will be invited to make an Expression of Interest. Community Builders need not be employed by these communities, they will be employed by a ‘host’.
We will invite Host organisations to act as an employer and provide training and support to the network of community organisers across the city and work with communities. The programme will be open to expressions of interest in the autumn 2016.
To find out what Community Buiders about and about how to get involved, Well Being Exeter & Exeter Community Forum have arranged a dinner and discussion event with Cormac Russell, a leading expert on asset based community development, to launch our Community Builders programme in Exeter.
6:00 – 8:00pm, Tuesday 13th December 2016
St Sidwell’s Community Centre
Over a ‘pot-luck’ dinner we’ll:
- Learn what asset based community development is all about,
- Talk about how this can benefit our communities – especially if there is a community builder working among us,
- Consider what our communities would be like if people were more engaged – the benefits and the challenges too!
A ‘pot-luck’ dinner? We’re inviting people help create and share in a communal meal. If you can, please bring a small dish of food to share with to others – the menu may be random, but our evening will consider what it’ll really mean for us to create the change we’re looking for in our communities.
Who’s invited: Each ECF member is invited to bring two participants – these may be Trustees, volunteers or members.
You might like to invite someone from another community organisation that you think would be interested in working with your organisation to support a Community Builder in your area.
Well Being Exeter, ECF and Exeter City Council will also invite some other organisations working with communities to join our discussions.