WSA Courses – Understanding Community Development Practice

Aimed at those who are looking to strengthen their understanding of community development, this course looks at the values and principles that underpin good practice. It provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on community development practice and the impact it has on communities. Both community development practitioners and people looking to incorporate community development processes into other roles have also found this course valuable.


All our CPD Accredited courses are delivered online, but we are happy to arrange bespoke in-person training days. Contact us to discuss your requirements, we’d be happy to talk things through.

What will this course cover?

It will provide clear answers to:

  • What is community development?
  • What are the values and principles that underpin community development?
  • What does successful community development look like?
  • How can we build on community strengths, assets and needs?
  • How does community development address inequality, understand diversity and build equal and inclusive practice?
  • How can we build the confidence of community groups to tackle the issues that are important to them?

What tools and knowledge will I take away?

You will be able to:

  • Understand what community development is, the values and principles and some of the theory behind it.
  • Have some concrete examples of good practice be more confident in planning around community development 
  • Have some clear strategies around approaches that are asset-based.
  • Have some tools you can use to plan around measuring the impact of community development.

This course is a bespoke offering
Please contact us if you would like to arrange a tailor-made training session.

What outcomes can I expect?

You will be better able to explain community development to others and actively justify a community development approach to a range of agencies. You will understand the role and impact of community development and best practice having the theory to underpin your practice. 

Who is this course for?

This course is for community development workers or volunteers and people from all sectors who have a community development part of their role. It is best suited to those who want to deepen their knowledge and want the opportunity to develop the skills that underpins community development work.