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Community development worker

Community development workers help people to improve the quality of life in their local area.

Potential salary

£16,000 to £36,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • finding out about the community's needs, problems and barriers
  • making sure local people take action and have their say
  • developing new opportunities and monitoring existing projects
  • helping to raise public awareness about community issues
  • building links with other groups and agencies
  • raising funds
  • recruiting and training staff and volunteers
  • planning meetings and events
  • managing budgets
  • helping groups to settle differences of opinion on local issues
  • doing administrative work

You could work in the community or in an office.

You could specialise in a particular issue or broaden your experience and work with different issues or groups.

You could move into management, policy making, or work as a freelance trainer or consultant.

You can get more details about working in community development from your local council and locality.

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