COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

There are many tools and resources available that will help neighbourhood houses and other organisations undertake good community development work. Some of these relate specifically to the neighbourhood house sector, but others cover a broader context.

Neighbourhood house sector community development resources:

The Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre Sector Framework

General community development resources:

Tamarack Institute - The Tamarack Institute develops and supports collaborative strategies that engage citizens and institutions to solve major community issues across Canada and beyond. They believe that when they are

effective in strengthening community capacity to engage citizens, lead collaboratively, deepen

community and reduce poverty, their work contributes to the building of peace and a more equitable

society. Tamarack’s work is comprised of two key areas of impact: The Learning Centre and Vibrant Communities

Community Toolbox - The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Neighbourhood Connect - Neighbourhood Connect Inc. is a national not-for-profit community organisation, helping people connect with others who live near them. They encourage people to go beyond social media and step out into their neighbourhoods and get to know one another in real life. 

Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) - As the peak body for the state’s social and community sector, VCOSS works towards the elimination of poverty and disadvantage in all its forms, and the creation of a society where all people are supported to thrive.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) - 

Future Crunch - A group of scientists, artists, researchers and designers who believe that science and technology are the most powerful drivers of human progress.  Expertise ranges from political economy, genetics, urban planning and zoology, to music, painting and philosophy. They use their diverse skills and knowledge to provide unexpected perspectives on the state of the world in 2020. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to play their part in creating a 21st century that works for people and the planet.

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