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Peter walker, University of Derby


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  • 1. A community-engaged University Building bridges by taking action in the communities Peter Walker Community Relations
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  • 3. Community-University partnership builds bridges by taking action in the communities Engaging in this way… Develops relationships Identifies community issues Works to make a difference to people’s lives
  • 4. Overall process   1 Framework to get started 2 Programme of work 3 Methodology and Analysis 4 Theoretical model for action 5 Linking back to strategy
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  • 7. A programme developed together Programme developed through consultation
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  • 10. Overview: engage in many ways Looking across Project driven by community feedback Looking down Immersion in the community offers the chance to engage in its concerns Widen reach into other communities Engage with faculties and students  
  • 11. 1 Consultation University staff and Student Union with 10 community groups in Derby and Public and Third sector organisations   Outcome Work to be done with one community
  • 12. Most disadvantaged in the City – a forced migrant community Work to make a difference in that community   The Congolese community offered to work on the ‘pilot’
  • 13. 2 Internship, from community Build capacity within the community Bring the community into the University Constant checking for relevance and understanding  
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    • 3 Steering Group
    • Identify what to do and take action
    • Community research
    • Build a database
    • Open up drop-in centre
    • Form umbrella organisation
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    • 4 Sewing project/Fashion Show
    • Bring the community together to
    • make garments
    • Take the talents in the community
    • – such as fashion designers
    • Present work done through Fashion Show
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    • 5 One-to-one research
    • Community helped design research process
    • They carried out some of the research
    • Community gave commitment to research:
    • 15 members participated
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    • 6 Times Higher Education submission
    • for outstanding work in the community
    • University endorsed and submitted application
    • Opportunity to promote the work nationally
    • Community representation - three members attended
  • 19. 7 Plan for the Future meeting
  • 20. Have the courage to do new things. Together
    • The Young People’s group came up
    • with this theme
    • Community enjoyed the event
    • Gave valuable support and direction  
  • 21. 8 Video – isolated women On the catwalk we could show the extravagant, colourful Congolese culture In the video the women talked about the importance of coming together To remove isolation, to learn together, to have fun
  • 22. 9 Sewing project and Congolese Exhibition and Awards Ceremony 2009 An event that made the community proud Over 250 people came Certificates for learners
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  • 24. Recognition for volunteers, leaders and outstanding people in the community Music, a choir New hope drop-in centre opened Fashion show and traditional food Video on isolated women shown
  • 25. 10/11 New Hope drop-in centre Funding provision and setting up the centre Supporting over 40 community members Community organised celebration
  • 26. 12 Case study for Volunteering England Taken from the conclusion: ‘ Motivation is multifaceted and requires a different approach to traditional volunteer management; there is a need to engage volunteers in the strategic direction of the group, and acknowledge the skills they bring
  • 27. Personal relationships and commitment to the ethos of the organisation are crucial in gaining trust A lack of resources makes practical assistance such as the provision of space and small donations invaluable    Faith as a mechanism for both recruitment and mutual support is important but not the sole driver
  • 28. The framework underpinning the approach developed and taken by Peter Walker as he develops the role at the University of Derby has been particularly effective in addressing these factors in a way that a more traditional volunteering infrastructure organisation might not’.
  • 29. 13 What shall we do next? ‘ I would like to see the community helping other communities. I would like the community to be united and participate in mass in all the meetings. More workshops are going to allow the name of this project to be engraved in this city and across the world’. ‘My dream is to see anyone being able to do such activity at home also in the future’. ‘Don’t want to see this project stopped or failed but to be continued forever and goes abroad’. ‘ Children coming along might take part in different activities such learning, reading… therefore they need some materials why not to learn sewing project if possible’. ‘PC training, access to various training support (care assistant, driving, etc)’. ‘I wish all the best. My suggestions are to help the community to understand how is English system to go through learning to get a qualification’. ‘To know their rights’. ‘ I would like to see the community do together next: to invite other people to join the group and explain other people how things work. Help them to go forward.’ ‘See the community work together next: like the sewing project, I would like the community to do more.’ ‘Provide more help, as they have done here.’ ‘Help all the other African countries.’ ‘Reach more people if possible.’ ‘Organise forums (intellectual & educative), sort of training.’ ‘Help more people (our community), break the barriers of ignorance.’ ‘Project that will help us know how we could help our home country socially and economically’. ‘Projects where people would have access to basic training.’ ‘Learn music (worship).’ ‘More sewing sessions; cooking.’ ‘If we can get some training in different areas that will be good.’ ‘ If we want to build a big fire, we have all to throw our pieces of wood on to it.’ Betty Phoba, Chair, Voice of Congolese Women.
  • 30. 14 Community Space Derby Recognise that communities need space to meet, to play and to work Partnership with Derby City Libraries to offer free space to community groups   Safe space for therapy
  • 31. 15 Craft Action project To reach women from many communities across the city and young people In the first five months over 600 people attended the project Membership of over 50 from seven communities – West Indian, Somalian, Iraqi, English, Congolese, Libyan and Iranian
  • 32. 16 Start of pathway workshops Identified by the community: Citizenship Volunteering Health & Wellbeing Education Social Enterprise
  • 33. 17 Community review Part of ongoing review with community: Promote Art Therapy Dance Movement Therapy Community take part in Arts Festival Give feedback, learn and move on
  • 34. 18 Dissemination: Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Sénégal, Africa   The chance to share this work with Colleagues and friends from around the world
  • 35. Methodology Community Development approach Engage with and bring people together Build trust Taking time, cannot be rushed
  • 36. Identify community issues Feedback cycle Project based activities Participative Action Research Ethnographic research  
  • 37. Analysis Taken the different data streams – inductive analysis Inductive stage Steering Group One-to-one research
  • 38. Research Diary Feedback and review meetings New hope drop-in centre Bring the data together: Abductive stage
  • 39. High impact change
  • 40. Living in the past
  • 41. Becoming active
  • 42. Taking charge
  • 43. A model for action
  • 44. 11 Supporting strategy   By engaging with the communities we serve Gain new knowledge, new understanding, new insights Develop new relationships
  • 45. Link to University needs for research and student experience in the community   Have engagement at the heart of what we do
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