New Trends in Community Development
In partnership with CRESCO, LILP organised a Community Development Workshop which took place on 1st February 2005. The focus of the workshop was to highlight workable methods proven to have enhanced community development practice, with the aim of facilitating a process of partnership, learning and cooperation between all communities in Northern Ireland.
The workshop’s keynote speaker was Tunde Banjoko, Chief Executive of LEAP, an organisation which works primarily with the black community in London. He reflected on obstacles faced by the black community and the methods used to overcome these. Tunde’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion involving local community development practitioners.
For notes from the presentation and discussion click here
"Having examples from outside Northern Ireland is useful...looking outside the box shows you there ar eother ways of thinking about things." (Participant Evaluation)
LILP/CRESCO Think-Tank Series
As a result of the success of the Community Development Workshop in February, CRESCO and LILP organised a Community Development Think Tank Series, the first of which took place on Thursday 15th September. The first workshop 'Building Community or Building Peace?' was held in Aberfoyle House, Magee Campus and included speakers, Antoine Rutayisire, Vice Chair of National Commission for Unity and Reconciliation, Rwanda and Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive, CRC, Eamonn Deane, Holywell Trust and Philomena O'Boyle, Tullyarvan Mill.
For notes from this seminar please click here and for the Think Tank Series flyer, click here
The second Seminar in the series took place on 8th November in the Great Hall, Magee Campus. This seminar entitled ' The Edge or the Precipice?' addressed the issues of funding and sustainability. The main speaker was Mr Colin Stutt, an independent economic and public policy consultant who has worked extensively on issues relating to the social economy in Northern Ireland. For notes on this seminar click here
The third Seminar in the series took place on 28th February 2006 in Magee Campus. This seminar entitled ' The Politics of Community Development' focused on the changing dynamic between the state and the community and voluntary sector. John Pearce, a leading expert on social enterprise addressed the future of the relationship between the state and the third sector. For notes on this seminar click here
The final Seminar in the series took place on 9th May 2006. This seminar entitled 'Loaded Dice' focused on the recent increase in community and voluntary organisations engaging in 'profitable' activity. Peter Quinn of Peter Quinn Consultancy Services and The Quinn Group examined the relationship between the Third Sector and the private sector and considered whether the Third Sector operates at an unfair advantage to the private sector. For notes on this seminar click here
"It was a real learning experience, which enhanced methods of good practice." (Participant Evaluation)
A final report based on findings drawn from the Seminar series New Trends in Community Development is available here