5th Edition

Skills in Neighbourhood Work

By Paul Henderson, David N. Thomas Copyright 2023
    250 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 to include new practice examples, this fifth 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 North America and Australia, it covers:

    Starting, supporting and ending work with community groups


    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.

    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.


    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, in both the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.