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Characteristics of Peer-Led Groups

People come together to form peer-led groups because they share a common experience or concern. Some focus on education and information, some on a community issue, others on emotional support and sharing. Others offer an opportunity to share experiences, socialize and form friendships. Each group forms and then changes according to the members’ needs. Many peer-led groups have these common characteristics: Sharing...

What is Community Development?

Community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community wellbeing (economic, social, environmental and cultural) often evolves from this type of collective action being taken at a grassroots level. Community development ranges from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community....

Competencies for Voluntary Sector Leaders

Adapted from the June 2003 NLI Report: What Do Voluntary Sector Leaders Do?   Competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities, intangible/tangible mindsets and behaviours that lead to improving life in the community and the world through principled actions and professional behaviour in the voluntary sector. The Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges worked...