A report has been published from the recent conference on the future of community work in England, held in the light of the closures of the Community Development Foundation and Community Matters. Recommendations include:
“Address current fragmentation by networking at every level and sectors to find ‘common ground’ and shared commitments.
- Reach out across different ‘disciplines’ to link up with like-minded people who are working with communities but may not use the same terms
- Encourage the ‘next generation’ of community workers to connect with existing networks
Look at the policy environment (e.g. devolution, localism and community rights) for opportunities to influence policy and practice.
Observe and learn from national networks in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.”