Community action can look like all sorts of things. In different towns, cities & villages, community action will involve different objectives, individuals, partners and activities.
Why is community action important?
Community action is about putting communities at the heart of their own local services. Involving communities in the design and delivery of services can help to achieve a number of objectives, including:
- Building community and social capacity – helping the community to share knowledge, skills, and ideas.
- Community resilience – helping the community to support itself.
- Prevention – a focus on early access to services or support, engagement in design, cross-sector collaboration and partnerships.
- Maintaining and creating wealth – for example helping people into employment or developing community enterprises.
Our national conference in 2019 will showcase and share exciting examples of the church reaching out to the local community, based on the experience of our Action Groups and projects around the UK. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to connect with and learn from each other in informal sessions included in the programme. This will be an exciting opportunity for you and your community action group to learn, network, share and develop together with others.