What is The Community Centred Knowledge Group (CCK)?
What is unique to our approach?
Our goal is to enable individuals, families and communities to participate effectively in finding solutions to their own challenges which disturb or subtract from their wellbeing, health and living full lives.
We focus on the hard to reach communities, particularly, but not exclusively, those of African and Caribbean heritage. We have identified this community as one which is most internally fragmented and disconnected from each other and their host communities and who are therefore most challenged in building up resilience at family and community level through strengthening individual capitals and capacities.
We make use of cultural value frameworks for understanding how challenges are defined, expressed and experienced and build these up through creative engagement with those we work with in the community. All people have intertwined histories and these histories, documented or not, factor into and affect current community dynamics. We engage people in a process of examining these dynamics and identifying where there can be common solutions and differentiated solutions to bring about the most harmony and sense of wellbeing and ease.
Our Key values in how we work are:
1. Meeting people where they are at, based upon respecting community knowledge:
2. We understand that each challenge will present different faces, so we need a wholistic approach:
3. Recognising ourselves as community members: being part of as opposed to experts looking in:
a. Using workshops and household interviews, carrying out an initial assessment of people’s relationship with their health and wellbeing, from their perspective.
b. Within a community this means understanding the diversity of health/wellness experiences in the different community sectors and looking at where strengths lie in terms of building upon what they have in terms of household and community capital to resolve challenges.
a. In workshops we use different resource people as facilitators to respond to the different ways in which people present and experience their challenges.
b. In a community we use a multidisciplinary team approach to explore the range of situations that we are presented with, we triangulate and develop with community members a range of different possible solutions.
a. In workshops and working with households this means we identify shared experiences and work with different family members in empathetic ways.
b. In a community we empathise based upon our own experiences of overcoming challenges.
We share experience using different forms of media.
4. Understanding that there are complementary bodies outside of ourselves that we can link with in order to provide a sustainable solution that will cover all bases:
a. In workshops this may mean sharing the process with other organisations, inviting in guest facilitators and the like.
b. In the community this means making temporary or longer term partnerships with those which will help the solution to the expressed challenge be more sustainable and effective.
Our action model
People centred solutions to people defined challenges.
Drawing upon the worlds of the people involved, so dealing wholistically recognising the importance
of the material/physical, mental, economic, spiritual/religious experience is for them
No idea too small or too foolish
Involvement of children
Variety of media
Our tentative plans for working on estate communities:
Learn from what has gone before (reviewing existing data as much as possible together with key community representatives)
Come up with solutions to existing, expressed challenges using a range of skills and talents, ours, theirs and ours!
Have a participatory plan for developing awareness around self-sufficient wellness through improved health, nutrition and taking charge of one’s food supply. This may include local advocacy and engagement around food sources.
Develop a participatory plan for lifelong learning which engages intergenerational communication and exchange around shared topics of interest. This will include engagement with local learning resources and educational facilities.
We expect to be based at the site for initially 2 days a week rising to 5-6 days a week as activities expand and more resources become available to fulfil our developing schemes of action. We shall be approaching Peabody Foundation and other local and national funding sources to support our work but hold it dear to our way of working that communities, families and individuals develop self-sustaining activities which support independent and inter-dependent lives in the present and the future.