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.  

Community Development enables people in communities to take collective action to make changes to things that are important to them. It can take place in geographic communities, communities of identity or shared interest and is a continuous process led by community members.

Its is Rooted in principles of

  • Empowerment
  • Inclusion
  • Self-determination
  • Collective action
  • Social justice

Community Development starts from the premise that everyone should be able to live their good life! But it recognises that there are many causes of inequality such as the unequal distribution of wealth, income, land and political power and that some groups are disadvantaged and oppressed. Community development is concerned with working collectively with communities and groups for positive social change, inclusion and equality.

Community development is the work of building and sustaining relationships. Building positive relationships across different groups, organisations and networks and enabling people to participate and influence decisions, activities and services. So essentially, community development practitioners help communities to help themselves, empowering community members to creates stronger and more connected communities.