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Skills in Neighbourhood Work

4th Edition

By Paul Henderson, David N. Thomas


240 pages

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pub: 2012-11-09
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Skills in Neighbourhood Work is a practice textbook. It explains the skills, knowledge and techniques needed by community workers and other practitioners to work effectively in and with communities.

While the principles and methods it describes have stood the test of time, the political, economic and social changes which have taken place since the book was first published have made new editions essential. Rewritten and updated, and including new practice examples, the fourth edition retains all the practical information needed by the student or practitioner but sets it in the contemporary context. Including a European perspective and views from America and Australia, it covers:

  • starting, supporting and ending work with community groups
  • evaluation
  • data collection
  • goals and priorities
  • making contacts
  • group work
  • helping groups work with other organisations.

This invaluable textbook is essential reading for students and practitioners of community work.


‘This is an excellent 'must have' key text for any neighbourhood / community development worker, researcher or academic involved this area of work. The book provides a detailed and critical framework that is necessary in engaging in 'good' neighbourhood work in an accessible way.’ – Dr Jagdish Chouhan, Youth and Community Division, De Montfort University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Key Ideas about Neighbourhood Work 2. Thinking about Evaluation 3. Entering the Neighbourhood 4. Getting to Know the Neighbourhood 5. What Next? Needs, Goals and Roles 6. Making Contacts and Bringing People Together 7. Forming and Building Organisations 8. Helping to Clarify Goals and Priorities 9. Keeping the Organisation Going 10. Dealing with Friends and Enemies 11. Leavings and Endings Appendix: Evaluating Neighbourhood Work – Case Study


About the Authors

Paul Henderson and David N. Thomas have worked in community development since the early 1970s. Their experience includes neighbourhood work, training, consultancy and research. Most recently, they worked together as directors at the Community Development Foundation. They have also published extensively, both in the UK and mainland Europe.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Volunteer Work