Titles must be attractive and exciting at the same time. The title must convey the meaning, the area of intervention and the goals of the project while being enticing. It is good practice to select the final title together with all the other members of the NGO. Accordingly, all the members should be asked to participate in the process of selecting the title to make sure that they all feel excited by the idea of working towards its development.
Using Informal Education, Buckingham: This effectively provides the framework for involvement in community-based practice and community education at a grass roots level. It also contributes to the wide development of informal and social educational networks, whether explicitly structured or not, within severely disadvantaged communities.
At the same time there is often a desire to achieve long—term qualitative improvements in the lives and circumstances of individual clients and their families. The new focus As Stern suggests, several strands in thinking about criminal justice have come together to produce the new focus, generally referred to as crime prevention and reduction.
These entail both community participation and ultimately some form of education.
Initially, for example, there is growing recognition that controlling crime in a community is separate and distinct from the process of apprehending and dealing with individual offenders. As the Lord Chief Justice put it: By the time that the criminal falls into the hands of the police, and more particularly, by the time he reaches Court, it is too late.
The damage has been done. The remedy, if it can be found, must be sought a great deal earlier. Stern maintains that one facet of this shift is a diversion of research interest away from individual offenders and how they are dealt with towards a concern with analysing crime as a phenomenon.
This encourages a wider and more constructive overview by looking beyond largely uninformative crime statistics, to crime as experienced by individuals and communities and the nature of those communities in which it is most prevalent and from which the majority of offenders derive.
Broad argues that the current trend towards community—based probation projects reflects a shift away from theories encompassing individual pathology towards a wider interactionist approach. The argument is further developed by the assertion by some that, theoretically, both community and probation work can be seen as having the same aims: However, Broad maintains that mainstream community work differs from what the Probation Service provides in its emphasis on social change achieved by collective action and campaigning.
This model has an implicit emphasis upon Social Darwinism and overwhelmingly concentrates on individual inadequacies and individual deviance. The movement has been towards a more structural explanation of crime and delinquency, which places greater emphasis on social and economic inequalities and constraints as contributors to criminal activity.
In support of this Bottoms and McWilliams argue that as crime is predominantly social, so any crime reduction strategy must be socially based, requiring community involvement.
Although treatment strategies as applied to communities are inappropriate for crime prevention, important change can be effected by taking into account microstructural and social integration factors.
These include housing policy, employment and educational opportunities, recreational facilities, youth provision, police relations and environmental improvements. The primary purpose of introducing of such concepts is to illustrate the way in which the collective working and interagency approach of statutory and voluntary agencies, various groups and local people in extremely deprived and alienated communities can gradually attempt to at least alleviate certain extreme situations of hardship and stress.
They may simultaneously engender a more coherent and productive community spirit and self-image. Most of the community work projects within the Probation Service likewise choose a particular geographical entity, focusing on areas brought to their attention because of the high incidence of social and criminal difficulties.
One assumption behind this approach can be that people living in the same place have a common sense of belonging and a shared network of activity and community life.
Neighbourhood-based informal education in practice The educative nature of such community-based projects, particularly those which use concentrated and targeted group work and involve community initiatives and liaison, becomes apparent.
When I was working in an extremely deprived council estate in Newcastle, I concentrated on work in two areas to achieve these aims. The first was intensive group development work. Within such a context community work and informal education become inseparable, the mechanism of the group allowing for the provision of much needed social and recreational opportunities.
Such a group additionally offers limited alleviation of various stresses and anxieties and allows for the direct establishment of a [page 78] rapport, identification and understanding with the local people involved.
In effect, the educative process becomes two-way. Mutual sharing and the exchange of ideas and views take place within a largely unstructured, informal and relaxed atmosphere. However, the importance of activity-based work must not be undervalued.
This allows for the development of a more cohesive group basis before tackling more explicitly structured issues and project-based work i. However, the validity of activity based work is also acknowledged as a legitimate area of concentration in its own right, given its stimulus to overall personal and group development and expression.
Equally it can emphasize the importance of collective working and decision making, self-awareness and belief in individual and group abilities and potential. Involvement in wider community development and interagency work is required in an attempt to realistically increase and improve the quality of life within deprived communities.
Such involvement requires wholesale local support and cooperation. Group work initially ameliorates certain immediate difficulties for those involved directly within a group.
But these are generally on a relatively superficial, limited and symptomatic level, other courses of action are required to pressure for change at a higher and more effective level by tackling structures.The My Health My Community project is an non-commercial interactive health and wellness website, launching in It is a non-profit partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the eHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia (eHSO), which will involve many other community organizations as the project rolls out.
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