Settlements, Social Change and Community Action

Settlements, Social Change and Community Action : Good Neighbours

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Reflecting the current emphasis in social care, social policy and welfare on the ideas of community and active citizenship, this book draws implications from the history of the settlement movement in Britain and the States which will inform and contextualise contemporary practice and policy. The contributors to this illuminating book develop the basic settlement concepts of strong communities and links across groups with different kinds of need, and apply them to current policy developments in community responsibility, the role of voluntary work and the future of social care. The issues explored through the history of the settlement movement are not only applicable to practice; they will also reinforce the identity of social care as a profession.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 153.7 x 235 x 15.5mm | 418.02g
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1853027642
  • 9781853027642

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Ruth Gilchrist is a development worker with Newcastle-upon-Tyne YMCA. She is currently involved in setting up a new settlement with the two universities and the YMCA. She is a member of the editorial board of Youth and Policy. She has been involved in researching rural youth provision and truancy and is employed as a part-time lecturer in community arts at the University of Durham. Tony Jeffs is a senior lecturer at the University of Durham community youth work unit. He previously taught social policy and sociology at the University of Northumbria. He was the founding editor of Youth and Policy and co-edited the Yearbook of Social Work and Social Welfare. He has written extensively on youth work, informal education and social work. He is the author of Young People and the Youth Service.

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After reading this fine collection of essays one concludes that within the context of their time, settlement work was on balance progressive, committed and enduring... Between these covers a valuable and still living history has been rescued and effectively passed on to us. -- Social Work Education Today's settlements are very different and their scope can be seen in the various chapters here which include discussion of their work in adult education, the arts, disabled children, legal and money advice, family centres and much more. By 1999, the Birmingham settlement, for example, had an annual budget of nearly 2.5 million with 120 staff and 250 volunteers contributing to 24 projects. In his chapter, Tony Jeffs shows that youth work has long been associated with the settlements; Jeffs explains that the youth work had three features. First, it aimed to give youngsters enjoyable recreation. Second, it did so within buildings which also served other age groups. Third, it was embedded within a movement "devoted to publicising the plight of the poor". -- Community Care A history of the settlement movement in Britain and the United States. -- Roof

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