Brought up in a strong but stigmatised community on the Orchard Park Estate Went to the Danepark Primary and Junior High Schools and then to Sir Leo Schultz High School… of which more later! Ray Duffill
technician. Started as a trainee at the Humberside
Theatre on Spring Street (it would eventually become Hull Truck Theatre). Also worked at the Hull New Theatre and Hull City Hall.
A Community Activist 1990s!
Community activists quite often
had to struggle to be heard and
get things done. One such
struggle was the campaign to
prevent my former school and
then community and leisure
centre from being bull-dozed!
Community activism leads to the need for community development and strategy:
I was a Founder member of Hull’s first community development trust Unity in Community in 1998 I had direct responsibility for the negotiations that led to the organisation being granted its £1.45 million endowment and other asset gifts. Ray Duffill
City of York Council 2000-04
Following temporary work with Hull Community
Development I go to City of York Council for 4 years and get promoted to Community Development Manager
Clifton Pride : The Neighbourhood Agreement between service providers and residents of Clifton in York. Negotiated over 30 months. “ A special mention must go to those residents who have taken part in the regular monthly street inspections and doggedly ensured that problems in the area are identified and tackled.” Ray Duffill from introduction Ray Duffill
Hull, Hedon and Blackpool
Following the ending of Government funding in York I work with tenants group HURAT in Hull as its Chief Officer and live in Hedon for the first time. Then in January 2005 I start a 4 year stint in Blackpool as Network Manager of Blackpool SURF (Community Empowerment Network).
Blackpool SURF was the first and only Community Empowerment Network and Third Sector organisation in England to independently review a Local Area Agreement.
I discover Social Media…
In response to the withdrawal of government funding Blackpool SURF reduced its costs by publishing information online instead. In particular it produced a free Blog website Blackpool Community News .
Following redundancy in Blackpool I returned to Hedon and “kept my hand in” by publishing the Hedon Blog and joining Hull Digital .
Community Development for the Facebook and YouTube generation!
I have honed my community development, engagement and
managerial abilities for use with the ‘YouTube and Facebook
generation’ and have become skilled in the use of FREE social-
media tools and their special use in improving client and customer engagement.
If you have the need for a community development professional with specific skills to engage with communities via Social Media then please contact me at e-mail: [email_address] and I can send you a copy of my C.V. Ray Duffill