One of the strengths of Creeds Farm Living & Learning Centre is its Community Development in program development and governance. The CFLLC’s approach respects the diversity of participants and promotes social inclusion for the purpose of individual health & well being, as well as community safety. Early engagement with community members has been on the agenda from the outset, and remains vital to the establishment of the Living & Learning Centre. The construction, design, programming and governance of the educational Centre have all been underpinned by CD principles.
Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a unique community development approach. Community development enables communities to identify and address their own needs. It starts from the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution.
Neighbourhood Houses welcome people from all walks of life. This inclusive approach creates opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make, strengthening networks and building social capital.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE MODEL
These six steps enable Neighbourhood Houses to meet the needs of their local communities.
Involving the community and encouraging participation and inclusion, and valuing diversity and difference at all levels of neighbourhood house operation
Identifying community needs and aspirations
Determining appropriate community programs, activities and services in response to those needs, ensuring that diversity and difference are valued
Partnering with community organisations, businesses, government and philanthropic organisations to secure appropriate funding and support
Delivering quality programs, activities and services
Evaluating the effectiveness of all aspects of neighbourhood house operations, including programs, practice and governance.