ERIC Number: ED326621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
People, Power, and Participation. The Communities in Crisis Programme, 1986-9: An Evaluative Report.
Communities in Crisis is a British training program for unemployed adults that was developed in response to the needs of community organizations in areas where community programs have few resources. Its underlying philosophy focuses on motivating and encouraging long-term unemployed people to take initiatives and reflect on their progress. The first fully funded program was structured to include 1- or 2-day workshops and residential events. In the second year of funding, dramatic changes in the structure of the program to ensure funding included increasing participant numbers and altering program content. Further structural changes have since occurred. Apart from immediate benefits to individuals and their communities such as improved efficiency through skills development, additional and important wider economic and employment developments occurred. In regard to differences of approach between men and women, no broad generalizations can be made. Some differences did emerge, however; for example, the majority of women chose projects that produced a response to an identified area of unmet need, while the majority of men concentrated on strengthening existing groups and securing further resources. The final methodology adopted by the program included day workshops, residencies, and regular consultation meetings with the development worker. Project work on community issues continued to be the focus of activity for participants. (A list of seven references and a projects catalog are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, Community Cooperation, Community Programs, Community Resources, Employment Programs, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Group Activities, Group Dynamics, Group Experience, Unemployment
William Temple Foundation, Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PB, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Services Commission, London (England).
Authoring Institution: William Temple Foundation, Manchester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom