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Community Development

What is community development?

Community Development is “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.” – The United Nations.

Based on the principle that communities have the experience, knowledge and expertise that can be used to achieve social, cultural, economic and environmental goals, it can range from small initiatives that address a small group in the community to large initiatives that involve a broad range of participants.

Community Development requires people working together empowered by the decisions that affect everyday lives to bring about positive change and can include community groups, community organisations, local and state governments, and private enterprise.


Our community development approach

Our approach to community development includes:

  • Working with community groups and organisations to build their ability to meet their aims
  • Supporting community and sector advocacy for the wellbeing of their members
  • Securing training opportunities to increase skills and expertise
  • Developing and sharing resources for communities and organisations
  • Encouraging the development of collaborative partnerships with business and government for positive social change in Ryde. 


What is Council doing about community development?

Council has brought together a wide range of individuals, groups, community organisations and agencies to deliver projects, programs, events and activities that empower our community to shape solutions for common, everyday problems. 

We are actively providing the space for people to share information and resources, and providing a strategic and collaborate approach to projects, training, community events and campaigns.

For more information about our involvement with Community Development please have a look at the Upcoming Activities, Training & Workshops section below.  

Upcoming Activities, Training & Workshops
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Beyond Diversity: Cultural Competency 2-Part Free Training Series - 22 June
Are you interested in developing your Cultural Competence skills to work more effectively with the diverse and changing communities in the Ryde LGA? Do you want increase your service’s capacity to work effectively with the growing numbers of refugees in our local area? If you are please register for our free Beyond Diversity: Cultural Competency training series. Click here for more information or to register. 


More Information

For more information on the Community Development Program, contact the Social Development and Capacity Building team on 9952 8222.

Last updated on 25 May 2017