Community involvement is now at the centre of the UK government's social inclusion, neighbourhood renewal and health development programmes, resulting in many challenges for managers involved in such work. The bestselling first edition of this book discussed the meaning, principles and application of managing community practice, focusing on the role and skills needed by managers. This will be required if ambitious regeneration and social inclusion programmes are to work in partnership with the active involvement of communities and exploring a wide range of examples from practice.
Since the first edition, there has been a perceptible increase in the structured involvement of communities in developing, delivering and evaluating public policies and projects. In this new edition all chapters have been fully updated in the light of recent developments and new case examples have been included to illustrate such changes. A new chapter on The Managers Role in Community Research has been added and a new concluding chapter explores key challenges which need to be addressed.
This book is an essential resource for operational and strategic managers in local government, housing, health and other service delivery agencies, social inclusion and community regeneration projects. It will be essential reading for tutors and students on a wide range of undergraduate and Masters courses.
Sarah Banks is Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University, UK. Hugh Butcher, formerly Head of Department of Community Studies at Bradford College UK, combines his research interests in community practice with the promotion of patient and public involvement in cancer health services. Andrew Orton is Lecturer in Community and Youth Work, Durham University, UK. He has a particular research interest in faith-based community work. Jim Robertson was Senior Lecturer in Community Work Studies at Northumbria University, UK, and is currently Project Consultant with Churches Regional Commission in North East England.
What is community practice? - Sarah Banks and Hugh Butcher; The historical and policy context: setting the scene for current debates - Marjorie Mayo and Jim Robertson Organisational management for community practice: a framework - Hugh Butcher Individual and organisational development for community practice: an experiential learning approach - Hugh Butcher Negotiating values, power and responsibility: ethical challenges for managers -Sarah Banks Linking partnerships and networks - Alison Gilchrist The manager's role in community-led research - Murray Hawtin and Tony Herrmann Participative planning and evaluation skills - Alan Barr Conclusion: sustaining community practice for the future - Andrew Orton