The church is a community service and has been so since its inauguration, according to the book of Acts. It has changed and adapted over the centuries largely unhindered. Today there are legislative frameworks that at least influence what we can do in the community.
This unit focuses on the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to collaborate with the community in developing relevant and impactful resources aimed at garnering support for initiatives targeted towards specific community groups. It is specifically designed for workers who utilize a community development approach in their work within the health, community services, or other sectors. These workers operate within a professional team and work under the guidance of a supervisor. It is essential for practitioners applying the skills outlined in this unit to adhere to Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards, and industry codes of practice.
Upon completion of this unit, participants will be able to:
- Utilize a community development approach to identify and engage relevant community groups
- Collaborate effectively with the community to understand their needs and aspirations
- Identify and develop appropriate resources to support initiatives aimed at specific community groups
- Engage stakeholders and mobilize resources to generate community support for initiatives
- Comply with relevant legislation, standards, and codes of practice during the resource development process
This unit is intended for workers operating within the health, community services, or other sectors who employ a community development approach in their work. It is particularly relevant for professionals who work as part of a team and receive supervision. Practitioners at this level will enhance their ability to work with the community in developing resources that deeply resonate with specific community groups.
By completing this unit, participants will acquire the skills necessary to effectively collaborate with the community, understand their unique needs, and develop resources that engender support for targeted initiatives. This will contribute to their overall ability to drive positive change in their respective sectors while adhering to regulatory frameworks and industry best practices.
Assess specific community group resource requirements.
- Work with community stakeholders and networks to document specific community group resource requirements and needs.
- Research existing available resources and assess their capacity to meet priorities of the specific community group.
- Develop strategies to address gaps in available resources.
- Develop strategies for the provision of resources to assist in meeting objectives within funding considerations.
Develop an information base.
- Establish and maintain professional networks.
- Create opportunities to develop supportive connections between key stakeholders, including arranging and conducting meetings.
- Identify and plan for obstacles to effective contact between people and develop strategies to overcome these.
- Maintain records and make available as required to facilitate community interaction.
Develop community resources.
- Develop resources with participation of key stakeholders.
- Follow organisational policies and procedures to facilitate endorsement and implementation of community resources.
- Undertake work to ensure that maintenance of community resources is carried out according to organisational policies and procedures and budget allocations.
Facilitate community access to resources.
- Promote availability of resources to the specific community group, key stakeholders and organisations within the community to encourage participation in activities.
- Make resources available to users as required according to organisational policies and procedures.
- Review resources regularly to ensure usefulness and currency.
Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:
- identify resource priorities for at least one specific community group
- design and develop at least two resources for at least one specific community group
- establish at least two networks of key stakeholders and organisations and participate in at least one meeting for each
- document and store resources according to organisational policies and procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:
- social, political, cultural and historical issues that affect and are relevant to specific community groups
- legal requirements and organisational policies and procedures for:
- copyright and confidentiality
- documentation and storage of information
- facilitating endorsement and implementation of community resources
- review and maintenance of community resources
- media, resources and techniques used to develop community resources
- strategies for developing and maintaining professional networks
- strategies for promotion of community resources
- key aspects of specific community groups:
- group composition
- community and group structures
- practices and values
- cultural preferences
- social issues relevant to the specific community group
- health issues relevant to the specific community group
- relevant networks, people and stakeholders
- communication protocols and practice.
Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions. Where simulation is used, it must reflect real working conditions by modelling industry operating conditions and contingencies, as well as, using suitable facilities, equipment and resources.
Develop Community Ministry Assessment Options
1. Through our “Online Training Portal”. The portal provides students with a comprehensive and interactive learning and training program. Various assignments are presented to teach and determine competency in the units required. Detailed instructions and access are provided to students by VIC as they enter into the subject. A preview of the Vision Colleges Online Training Portal is available to students and prospective students at the Online Portal Student Guide.
It is helpful, but not required, for a student to be involved in a local church or community-based program under qualified leadership and document their work experience completed for each unit to assist in establishing competencies.
An overview of the training portal can be accessed through these videos.