Community Action

Community Action

What is Community Action? 

Community Action, also called ‘Social Action’,  is people’s collective effort to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice, for example, improving people’s well-being, strengthening democracy and encouraging people to participate in cultivating sustainable community life and commitment to others.

Core elements of effective community action include reaching out to others, active listening, connecting and motivating one another, harnessing local skills and talents, action planning and delivery, as well as  good communication.

Do you have Community Action initiatives or projects in mind?

You may have undertaken a Neighbourhood Plan or Community Led Plan and identified community action projects as part of the consultation process. Or, you might just want to undertake a one-off project.  Perhaps you are thinking of initiatives that could involve engaging children and young people?

Download a Quick Guide to Getting Started on your Social Action Project

Training Opportunities for individual residents and groups 

CFO offers free advice and workshops to support you in working with others to plan and deliver successful community action projects and initiatives in your local area.

We encourage and actively support inclusive, all age approaches to community action, for example involving partnership work with schools, After School Clubs and Youth Groups.

Click here for an outline of our ‘Together We Can’ Training and Workshops f.

CFO can also provide specific advice and practical help for delivering  successful one -off community action projects, with all age groups, as follows:

  • Prioritising and identifying Projects
  • Setting up a Community Action Steering Group
  • Creating simple surveys
  • Developing a project plan
  • Implementing the Project Plan
  • Monitoring and Evaluating

Our Contact details

Rachel Woods, Community Connector for CFO would be delighted to help you. Please email [email protected] or call 01865 883488



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