SCDC & CHEX to be partners in European network for community development

Social groups facing exclusion are very different from country to country - from the urban poor of new immigrants in Western Europe to the extreme poverty of segregated Eastern-European Roma and other minorities in small rural settlements - but many of the problems they meet are similar.

SCDC has been awarded funding through the Grundtvig programme of the European Commission to take part in a network for community development with marginalised social groups. Other partners are the Hungarian Association for Community Development, Estrategies de Transformacio Comunitaria Sostenible (Barcelona) and the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, which is based in France and works in the Balkans and Caucasus.

The partnering organisations have expertise with numerous methods and approaches in fostering active citizen participation and many of these methods can be adapted between the varying contexts of the participating countries. The aim of the project is to allow for mutual learning about innovative tools of community work to strengthen the capacity of the partnering organisation to combat poverty and support the social integration and citizen participation of excluded social groups.

Dissemination of community development methods will be facilitated by compiling a practical guide on community development with marginalized social groups and by creating short films on the localities and projects visited.

We will be updating our site regularly with news of the project so watch this space.