LDIP Community Workers

Learn the Principles and Strategies of Good Local



March 2021

Next Course Starts

50 hours

Time Commitment

US $547.00


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?


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 course 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.


By the end of this 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 course 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.

Work At Your Own

Although the live course goes for 4 weeks, you will have access for 6 months. This allows you to try out what you learn, return and dip back into different sections of the course as you reflect on how the principles, tools and strategies apply in your work and community context.

Access To The Course Convener.

You get all of the benefits of working with the Founder & Director of Bridging Peoples, Dr. Deborah Cummins – giving her BEST teachings, tools, strategies and advice – without having to pay hefty consultant fees or enrol 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.



This program is for people who have already completed or are currently enrolled in either the Principles of Good Local Development course, or the Theories and Concepts of Good Local Development course.

It 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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This program happens twice a year and is currently closed. Give us your name and email and be the first to know when we’re open for business!