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Community Development Worker

What does a Community Development Worker do?

Community development workers help individuals, families or whole communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area. They act as the link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers, such as the police, social workers and teachers.

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BA Criminology and Sociology
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BA (Hons) Business Management
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What skills does a Community Development Worker need?

  • Good listening skills
  • Advocacy and networking skills
  • The ability to interpret, analyse and present data
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills
  • Researching skills and the ability to write reports
  • Knowledge and understanding of social issues and how public sector bodies work
  • A non-judgmental and positive attitude
  • Creative thinking and the ability to solve problems
  • Political, social and negotiating skills
  • Compassion and empathy for others
  • Creative thinking and you may need the ability to identify and pursue sources of funding
  • A motivating approach to work to encourage others to take action
  • You may also need the ability to manage budgets.

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