Local Development in Practice
for Community Workers

Improve Your Work With Communities

Group Coaching


Early 2022

Next Program Starts

4 Months

 (80 hours total)​

Time Commitment

US $997.00


Do You Want To:

Understand and analyse the most important approaches to community work?

Be supported in testing and applying good local engagement processes in your work?

Develop your own local engagement strategy, tailored to your individual work and community context?

If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place.

About This Group Coaching Program

In this program you will learn the principles and practices of different approaches to community work, and use these to refine your own work program, tailored to your individual work and community context. You will be guided step-by-step through analysing your unique work and community situation, considering different options for deepening or improving your work with the communities you serve, and developing your own strategy for better engagement.

This program is ideal for those working directly with communities, such as project workers and community workers, who want to be supported in applying the skills of good local engagement in their work.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

Apply best-practice principles and processes of community work.

Identify the key differences between community development, community engagement, community mobilising and community organising.

Analyse and identify different opportunities to improve community engagement and outreach across the different stages of a project life-cycle.

Map community structures for effective engagement with formal/informal community leaders.

Identify and work effectively with marginalised or vulnerable sectors of the community.

Develop a basic community engagement and outreach strategy for your program.

About Your Instructor

Key Features

User-Friendly Site, Structure and Materials.

This group coaching program is designed to be as accessible as possible. While everything I teach is based on a strong theoretical framework, the lessons are simple, and focused on practical application. The site is designed to make it as easy as possible to navigate, access materials, and keep track of where you are up to—so you can focus on learning.

Combining Structure & Flexibility

The group coaching program is structured to support you in testing and applying what you learn to your specific community project. We also offer ongoing support for a further 9 months after the program ends, so you can flexibly dip back into different sections of the program as you learn and grow in the work.

Group Coaching with the Program Convener.

The Local Development in Practice series is where you get to work closely with the Founder & Director of Bridging Peoples, Dr. Deborah Cummins. You will be supported in applying her teachings, tools, strategies and advice to your specific work context – without having to pay hefty consultant fees or enroll in a University course!

Access to the Community.

Perhaps most importantly, you get access to a community of like-minded professionals. People who, like you, want to really make a difference in people’s lives through their work. And who are prepared to step up, challenge themselves to think differently about their work, and try something new.


As this is the first round for this course, we don’t yet have testimonials from students. However, here are some kind words from students of a previous e-course on good local development

Who Should Take This Program?

Participants in this group coaching program should have already completed, or be currently enrolled in either the Principles of Good Local Development course or the Theories and Concepts of Good Local Development course. This program is  ideal for people who work directly with communities, such as project workers or community workers. Participants will be expected to regularly share their real-world observations and reflections with the group, as they test and apply good local development practices in their work. Teams are encouraged to go through the program together, and discounts are offered for groups of over three people.

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