Engage Communities is a not for profit organisation registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC). We are committed to empowering and developing socially excluded and disadvantaged members of communities. Engage provides a specialist Black, Asian and minority ethnic service. Our organisation works with marginalised and vulnerable members of society to address some of the most problematic issues facing policy makers, practitioners and communities themselves. Engage Communities priorities are to tackle health inequalities, promote safer communities and improve social cohesion. Our organisation enjoys the support and patronage of Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel OBE.
- In partnership with voluntary and statutory agencies
- Emotional, practical and social support
- Employment, training and education
- Mentoring, outreach and sports
A theoretical model of community engagement underpins all our work. The community engagement model was developed by our Patron, Lord Patel and used successfully for central government and a range of regional and local partner agencies. The principle of the model is that communities working in partnership with local partners are at the centre of design, development and delivery of all our projects and services.
Community Interacters Model
The community interacters model is an adaptation of the model of community engagement, with many of the same principles. The community interacters model engages specific communities themselves closely in awareness raising, education and information-giving projects by a number of individuals from their own communities interacting with them. Those performing the role of community interacters are drawn from local communities and can demonstrate that they understand the dynamics of their community, enjoy their trust and can access, talk to and engage with many members of their community. The community interacters capacity/capability is built to:
- Provide information, education and raise awareness
- Deliver outreach
- Collect community feedback