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Lynn Ruane: ‘We need to change society radically from the ground up’

WHEN I WAS 21, I went to a job interview in the community of Bluebell in Dublin.

The role of Community Development Drug Worker was up for grabs and although I knew I was good at my job as a drug worker, I had no idea what community development meant.

Community development is the process by which community members come together to take collective action. Community development workers aim to build stronger and more resilient local communities.

I got the job and my understanding of society from that day on was built on the principles of community development.

The more I worked within the community development framework, the more I realised that community development is a radical approach to inequality based on changing society from the ground up.

But little did I know at the time that I was stepping into the eye of the storm – as community development programmes soon came under attack.

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Source: Lynn Ruane, The Journal, 11th February 2019

Posted by drugs.ie on 02/11 at 09:25 AM in
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