Cornwall & Devon Community Organisers
Community Organising is a way of empowering people in communities with common goals to work together to create positive actions that benefit their community.
Cornwall and Devon Community Organisers would like all communities to have an opportunity to engage and empower themselves, to have more control over decisions that affect community life.
Community Organising uses a simple model based around listening. We work at grassroots level, listening to individuals in the community in a variety of settings, groups emerge and new relations emerge.
The range of activity is as diverse, all is determined by communities themselves. We work with children, young people, young adults, older adults. We work in homes, on the streets, in halls whereever the community is. We strive to open doors that are closed and encourage better relationships with services. We have a clear code of conduct. Our agenda is set by residents and often this is to challenge decisions that affect community life.
We are characterised by our grass-roots or door knocking approach to community organising. We support residents to build new community groups, developing new leaders where none exist and encourage mobilisation. Because we go door to door we are able to gain a better understanding of communities.
If you want to know more contact us and we would love to talk to you. Read our stories to hear some of the work we are already supporting in Cornwall and Devon.
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Community Organising is a way of empowering residents to take action in their community. We encourage grassroots action to tackle local issues and to create new opportunities for healthier community life.
Our approach is based on a community engagment model called Root Solution Listening Matters (RSLM). By listening to residents a picture is built up of what people love and are passionate about where they live, what concerns them, what they would like to see happening in the area and what they could do to make this happen. We then work with residents to put these ideas into action, working with friends, neighbours and other members of the community. Confidence grows and new skills develop. The projects are led and driven by the community themselves. Decisions are made and carried out based on a community agenda.