Community Development Practice Hub

Community Development Practice Hub

The Community Development Practice Hub is a resource for people and organisations who ‘work with’ people in Birmingham so they can take collective action to make changes to things that are important to them and their communities. 

We aim to connect, inspire and upskill community development practitioners across Birmingham.

Come join us on this exciting journey, as we collaborate with the sector to offer a tailored approach with a focus on Birmingham-specific learning, challenges, and achievements.  

This Weather model was developed by social work students and Siobhan Maclean in 2016. The model uses weather as a metaphor for different elements of reflective practice. The concept being that in England people talk about the weather every day, and so it’s easy to relate to.

It provides a simple but effective model for reflective practice by inviting you to reflect on an event or experience using the following stages:

  • Sunshine: what went well with the event/experience? What was successful?
  • Rain: What didn’t go well? What was challenging?
  • Lightening: What came as a surprise?
  • Fog: What didn’t you understand? what weren’t you sure of?
  • Wind: Did anything throw you off course during event/experience?
  • Storm: Was there any conflict during the event/experience? What caused it? How did you respond?
  • Thunder: Did the noise (other peoples views) impact on your practice? How?

Siobhan Maclean talks a student through the process in this video clip 

Give it a go!

Think of a recent work event or experience. Maybe something that had a positive outcome. Now use the seven elements of the Weather Model to reflect on it.