Skills in Neighbourhood Work, 3rd Edition by David N. Thomas Paul Henderson

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By David N. Thomas Paul Henderson

Abilities in Neighbourhood paintings is a tradition textbook. It explains the abilities, wisdom and strategies wanted by means of group employees and different practitioners to paintings successfully in and with groups. whereas the foundations and strategies it describes have stood the try of time, the political, financial and social alterations that have taken position because the publication was once first released have made a brand new variation crucial. thoroughly rewritten and up-to-date, the 3rd version keeps all of the functional info wanted through the scholar or practitioner yet units it within the modern context. It features a ecu viewpoint and perspectives from the US and Australia.

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Many environmentalists see the linking of the global with the local in this sense as a major challenge for all the Local Agenda 21 work that has gone on since 1992 (see Church and McHarry, 1999 and Barton, 2000). New technology is changing both the scope of neighbourhood work and its methods. Neighbourhood workers and other practitioners are engaging with the idea of a networked society which means something very different to the older, sociological meaning of networks. For a discussion of the impact of ICT on regeneration, see Dabinett (2000).

Some ideas around which the book is organised 27 Ideas developed about local partnerships, community assemblies and forums are relevant to a discussion of neighbourhood work. Government programmes are tackling social exclusion issues in neighbourhoods of around 4,000 households and in the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy’s action plan it is acknowledged that, while Local Strategic Partnerships will carry the major responsibility for renewal, they ‘will need to complement their strategic activity with a focus at neighbourhood level’ (Social Exclusion Unit, 2001).

There is the expectation, too, that activity in neighbourhoods around a range of social, economic and environmental issues will permeate and influence other decision-making arenas. For example, work undertaken on sustainable development with residents of tower blocks worked on the principle that: The state of a block and the experience of its residents will be powerfully affected by the surrounding social and economic environment. In a disadvantaged neighbourhood its problems will need to be tackled in conjunction with action to strengthen the local economy, to improve health and to redevelop local facilities.

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