Connecting the dots: a guidebook for working with community

June 05, 2014

Tagged with: Working with communities, Community engagement

This valuable new practical guide by Els Kushner for Vancouver Public Library (published in 2014) takes you through all the key steps in developing community-led work.

It begins by looking briefly at community engagement and community-led work, stressing the importance of working with communities, and includes lots of brief examples and case studies.

This is followed by the guidance which covers:

  • How do we find community groups and connect with community members?

  • How do I get my foot in the door?

  • How do I build community relations?

  • How do we make time for this work?

  • How do I contribute? (eg everyone has a role; teamwork is crucial)

  • What skills do I need?

  • How do I evaluate my work?

Clearly this guidance is applicable to work with the community by all sorts of organisations, and is an important practical starting-point.

Connecting the dots: a guidebook for working with community