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Community Involvement

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Community Involvement is an important aspect of countryside management particularly when it comes to getting under represented sectors of the community into the countryside or involved in local, often urban, greenspace. 

Most countryside roles include some aspects of community involvement. You need tact, diplomacy and an understanding of the barriers faced by people when it comes to exploring new environments.  Projects can cover aspects as wide ranging as setting up and running a community allotment, encouraging young people to look after and take pride in a local park to organising a multicultural festival or simply liaising with the local community to ensure that your site / project is fulfilling its role.

Jobs and employment

Typical jobs include Engagement Officer, Community Project Officer, Communities and Engagement Officer. The Community Development Worker and Community Education Coordinator role profiles on the National Careers Service website although not countryside focused give a good overview of what a Community Officer does.

See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.

To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a good start.

See current community involvement volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.

Skills, training and CPD.

There are many different skills and qualifications required to work in community involvement, not least enthusiasm, tact and diplomacy. CPD clearance is usually required.

There are frequent conferences, webinars and events dealing with facilitation and community involvement.

Information and in depth articles

Northumberland Wildlife Trust Volunteer Position - The Community Ambassador

Why charities need champions, Groundwork

A Welcome in our Green Spaces, Black Environment Network

Giving communities the tools to create better places, Groundwork

 

Useful organisations

Groundwork

TCV

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