Community Development Practice Hub Do you or your organisation ‘work with’ people in Birmingham so they can take collective action to make changes to things that are important to them and their communities? You may be in a paid or volunteering role e.g. Community Enabler, Connector, Helper, Builder, Guide, Networker, Liaison or Development Worker. The Community Development Practice Hub aims to connect, inspire and upskill community development practitioners across Birmingham. Come join us on this exciting journey. We offer a tailored approach with a focus on Birmingham-specific learning, challenges, and achievements. The hub will offer an initial six-month programme of peer learning, talks, training and networking opportunities. If you or anyone in your organisation, would you like to discuss the Community Development Practice Hub and ways to participate or contribute, please contact David Coffin [email protected] A flavour of our programme is below: Launch3rd September, 2-3pmOnlineFREE Learn more about our pilot programme and how you can get involved. Speaker Cormac Russell will share his considerable experiences of Asset Based Community Development and what happens when we shift our focus from what’s wrong to what’s strong. Carol Hebden and Jo Bagby will discuss research undertaken into community development practice locally and its key findings. Book your free place here Workshops Community Development GroupDates: 6th October, 17th November, 15th December ‘21 and 12th January, 9th February ‘22, 9 Mar '22 (1-2.30pm)OnlineCost £49 inclusive This is an opportunity for anyone involved in community development across Birmingham to get together to share practice, work through challenges and build the relationships that enable us to get the job done when the system just isn’t enough. Book here Managing People Delivering Work in an Asset-Based WayDates: 12th November ’21, 14th January, 11th Feb ‘22 (9.30am-12pm)OnlineCost £49 inclusive Three interactive Zoom workshops, for anyone managing front-line community development practitioners, delivering work in an asset-based way. Book here Anchor Network Action Learning WorkshopsDates: 5 Nov & Dec 3, 10am-11:30pmOnlineFREEJoin us for this action learning workshop where we will explore working with Anchor Institutions. Anchor institutions are large, usually public sector organisations tethered to their communities, like universities, medical centres, schools or local government entities. Book here Training A six-week training course, exploring community development though themed conversations. Each theme inviting practitioners to reflect on elements of community development to consider, ‘what is strong’. Places released soon. Skills development workshops and training Appreciative InquiryDates: 8/9 Dec, 09:30am-12.30pmOnlineCost £25Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based, positive form of action research that facilitates positive change. Book Here Workplace Reflective PracticeDates: 20/21 Oct, 09:30am-12.30pmOnlineCost £25The process of Reflective Practice has many advantages. It helps to develop emotional intelligence, particularly if we reflect on feelings, reactions and behaviours. Finally, reflection is the key to personal and professional development. Book here Communication SkillsDates: 23/24 Nov, 09:30am-12.30pmOnlineCost £25This training course will help develop your communication skills and ensure you understand others when they communicate, whilst getting your own message across clearly and in a way that fosters positive relationships. Book here PLUSDigital Meeting SpaceA digital space where you can discuss and share information, news and events with other Community Development practitioners in Birmingham. Look out for details in September SpeakersTalks and workshops relevant to community development practice, including from people working with communities in Birmingham. Knowledge BankAn open-access online resource outlining best practices from Birmingham and beyond, with guides, case studies and practical tools. The Community Development Practice Hub has been developed by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It aims to develop creative ways for people to be actively involved in their local communities, to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.