Community Development Services

Useful Projects provides services that can assist in your community work. From exploring and mapping a community, to facilitating engagement, co-developing community plans and measures of change – our expertise and experience can help you enrich your community work.

Workshops

Gretchen has been an adult educator for over 20 years. Useful Projects offers tailor-made training and professional development services for individuals, groups and organisations.  Some popular workshops include:

  • Asset-based community development
  • Collaborative research, monitoring and evaluation approaches
  • Network thinking and network analysis in community work
  • Planning community projects and programs
  • Using Logic Frameworks for planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Arts-based approaches to engaging communities

Asset Mapping & Community Planning Services

Community work requires a strong understanding of the community itself. Asset mapping is a strengths-focused, positive way of engaging with a community to understand what the skills, knowledge, experiences community members hold. Discovering the cultural, natural and built treasures in a community is an empowering and inspiring process. With a strong base in what a community ‘has, the challenges of a community can be addressed from a position of power. People can work together using community assets to challenge and change in the direction they choose. An asset mapping process will determine

  • What is the history of the community and how has it worked together in the past?
  • Who are the community leaders, formal and informal?
  • What are the relationships between people, groups and organisations?
  • What are the natural and built assets?
  • What are the skills and attributes community members can share?
  • What are the hopes, aspirations and ambitions of the community?
  • How can we engage community to facilitate the future they desire?

Community ideas form the basis of a useful, community-led plan for positive social change.

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