NCDN is committed to working within the nationally agreed definition of Community Development Work, which is based on the following values and practices:
Equality and anti-discrimination
Working and learning together
Community development involves working with groups in communities to identify what they want in context of equity and fairness. Those communities include communities of:
locality (getting together with a focus on where we live and interact)
interest (getting together to influence issues and services we care about eg health)
identity (getting together around who we are to promote equality)
In Northumberland community development work goes on in a wide range of ways and places. NCDN wants to support people who are active in community development whether they are users of services, local volunteers, unpaid community leaders or professionals working in and with communities.
We also support groups and organisations to get established and develop.