Community
Development

Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute to their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a 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

Neighbourhood House Good Practice Guide:

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NH Networks Good Practice Guide:

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Click here for the NH Community Development Principles

Click here for the NH CD Principles poster

Click here for the NH Community Development Practice Model

Click here for the NH Community Development Practice Model poster

Click here for the CD Tracking Template

Community Tool Box:

The Community Tool Box is a comprehensive, free online resource developed by the University of Kansas (USA).

It offers tips and tools and over 300 educational modules to support the development of skills in community needs assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community development practice.

Click here to access the Community Tool Box

Towards Shared International Standards for Community Development Practice:

This paper provides the basis for shared international standards for community development practice. It presents the key themes and areas common across community development practice wherever that practice might take place across the world. It identifies the purpose of professional community development practice, the values that should underpin practice and the key methods used by the CD practitioner.

Click here to access Towards Shared International Standards for Community Development Practice

Transitioning Towns Toolbox (Loddon Mallee):

This toolbox has been designed as a resource to assist small towns in the Loddon Mallee that find themselves in transition. The intention of this toolbox is to guide small towns in their decision-making and planning processes,  by developing a deeper understanding of their community, its role in the region, what influences the future of small
towns, and how to respond effectively.

Click here to access the Transitioning Towns Toolbox

Community Planning Toolkit (Greater Shepparton City Council):

This toolkit provides user-friendly tips, ideas and suggestions for engaging with communities to identify community needs and develop relevant and useful plans.

Click here to access the Community Planning Toolkit