The Federation for Community Development Learning (FCDL) welcomed the membership of everyone who was interested in or who practised Community Development, whether as a community activist or
voluntary worker or paid worker. This includes generic Community Development Practitioners or Practitioners from other occupations (health, housing, environment and many others) who are
interested in using a Community Development approach in order to engage with and work effectively with communities.
We supported a network of individuals, groups and organisations around Community Development learning and practice and shared information and good training practice, to learn from each other and to provide good opportunities for Community Development learning.
All our work was based on Community Development theories and practice and was underpinned by the Community Development National Occupational Standards, aiming to bring together the skills, knowledge and values, for anyone who does Community Development. We understood Community Development as a learning process, which is why we aimed to support our members in any aspect this involves.
Community Development learning takes place when individuals and groups/organisations come together to share experience, learn from each other, and develop their skills, knowledge and
self-confidence. It is a developmental process that is both a collective and individual experience, based on a commitment to equal partnership between all those involved to enable a sharing of
skills, awareness, knowledge, and experience in order to bring about sustainable desired outcomes.
Community Development learning is as relevant to policy makers and local authority officials, for example, as it is to Community Development Practitioners and community groups. Community Development learning occurs in formal and informal settings, including gaining recognised qualifications as a community development worker alongside exchange visits between groups or an organised training course on Community Development for local authority councillors or other policy makers.
In practice this means: