Building People is about developing skills, experience, abilities, ways of working and confidence of individuals so that they are able to take active and leading roles in their communities. Community-based learning and development will, for some people, also increase other life opportunities, such as gaining skills for paid work, but the focus here is on learning for community action and engagement. In order for the process of Building People to be an empowering experience, such support needs to be based on people’s own interest in their learning and development, rather than having it imposed on them. In Part One of this chapter, different ways in which people learn and develop in community settings are explored, focusing on members of community groups. Part Two looks at community leadership and how it can be more effective.
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