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.  


Inspiring stories from community development practitioners in Birmingham
  • Rashta Butt

    Rashta Butt is the Community Development & Centre Manager at St Margaret’s Community Trust, a multi-purpose community centre in Ward End. Read more

  • Together We Can!

    Together We Can! is an intergenerational, community-building project within the Firs & Bromford an outer estate in Hodge Hill in the East of Birmingham. A key element of the project includes ‘street connecting’ – which involves making connections with, and between, local people, and growing new groups and activities from those connections. Read more

  • St Martin’s Tea Dance

    St Martin's Church has always been more than just a place of worship. It has acted as a hub for social community work. Approximately seven years ago, the members of the community expressed a collective desire for a Tea Dance. The idea was met with enthusiasm: china crockery from Charity Shops and funding from the National Lottery were sourced, and a dance teacher was brought in to lead the dancing. Read more

Find out more about the Hub

  • Our mission is to 'advocate for a practice of community development in Birmingham that focuses on 'doing with', not 'doing to'.

    We provide opportunities for professional development, peer support, networking, and more support to enable strengths-based approaches to community development to take place in the city. We work with practitioners, whether in paid or volunteering roles, who are often called
    Community Enablers; Connectors; Helpers; Builders; Guides; Networkers; Liaisons or Development Workers.



Tools and resources for community development practitioners
  • About Asset Based Community Development

    Asset Based Community Development or ABCD aims to strengthen communities by recognising, identifying, and activating the skills, resources, experience, knowledge, connections, and passions within them. Read more

  • Values of Community Development Practice

    The community development process is underpinned by five fundamental values on which all practice are based. Community development practitioners should be able to relate these values to their roles and actions. Read more

  • Core Skills for Agents of Change

    The principles and values of community development are shared across the United Kingdom and around the world. With community development undertaken by a wide range of people in different roles. Read more