An analysis of the role of community development projects in promoting social inclusion: Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project
Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork
When examining the role of community development an associated phenomenon is never too far from consideration. One contributor defines social exclusion as ‘what can happen… when a combination of linked problems mutually reinforce each other’ (Cabinet Office UK, 2007). In order to address the damaging effects of being socially excluded, some areas have set up community development projects. The services that these projects offer can vary, with some offering community childcare facilities, afterschool clubs and educational courses. The list is vast. However, these projects have one distinct common purpose, to empower local communities and promote social inclusion. The work that these projects do in local communities is admirable, however many have expressed concern about the ability of the sector remain autonomous when ever changing government structures are becoming further embedded in their daily functioning (Forde et al,2015). This study will examine these concerns and explore the issues that are currently being faced by local services. Many of these projects closed during times of austerity and, at present, many still face constant funding issues. What appears to be missing in all this is the voice of the people who lost these services. The purpose of this study is to explore the role of one particular community development in an area that is classified as disadvantaged, and speak directly with the people who attend this project. Key themes that emerged from this study correlate with findings observed in the literature. Furthermore this study will present findings that highlight the role of such projects from a community member’s perspective.
Social exclusion , Community development , Well-being , Social networks , Social inclusion , Community childcare , Child development
Conroy, S. (2018) An analysis of the role of community development projects in promoting social inclusion: Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project. Cork: Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork.
©2018, Sarah Conroy.