Communities, government and professionals are all seeking more effective tools to assist positive change in rural communities.
The Centre for Rural Communities has produced two publications that distill 15 years of community work into a process for working effectively and positively to enable communities to achieve their own goals and dreams.
Growing and Learning in Rural Communities – A development manual for professionals working in rural communities.
This is a professional development manual for rural and regional workers in every field from landcare to economic development.
It is a step by step process for workers wishing to assist change within communities and is designed to facilitate study circles.
Too frequently only a single section of a community is engaged and consequently, projects do not have widespread local support.
This manual contains the simple but critical skills of collaborative learning and local ownership respecting local knowledge.
Stories of locally initiated ventures in community banking, newspapers, festivals, social events and environmental projects feature.