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Engaging with 'hard-to-reach' groups

Slides as basis for class with students on module HE1023 (22.2.10)

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on 22 February 2010

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Transcript of Engaging with 'hard-to-reach' groups

Collaborative working in community settings.
Engaging with ‘hard-to-reach’ groups. Aim:
Review practical issues regarding working with ‘hard-to-reach’ groups. Objectives:
Put into context of previous classes.
Pragmatics and practicalities.
Consider range of case studies.
Review useful data sources.
Consider potential of partnerships.
Implications for working in related sectors. Six key values:
Social justice.
Working and learning together.
Reflective practice. Models of community work.
Community action.
Community education.
Community development. Engaging hard-to-reach groups.
Who are they?
Where are they?
Who finds them hard to reach?
cAn paternalism ever be justified? Discussion point.
In what ways can community profiling help to identify – and then to assess – the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ groups? Case study 1.
Participation in higher education in SIMD 4 and 5 (deprived) neighbourhoods.
Key factors:
Socio-economic status as factor behind school achievement (at every stage).
Issues of social capital.
Costs (and opportunity costs) of higher education. Discussion point:
How to identify and meet ‘needs’? Case study 2.
Participation in higher education by looked-after young people.
Key factors:
Disrupted education leading to poor leaver’s qualifications.
Physical and psychological impacts.
Practical issues around end of care period. Discussion points:
How to identify and meet ‘needs’?
Partnerships? Case study 3.
Participation in higher education by Gypsies, Travellers and Showpeople.
Key factors:
? Discussion points:
How to identify and meet ‘needs’?
Value of activity?
Funding? Take aways.
Identifying need is hard.
Evaluation the extent of need is hard.
Value and limitations of partnership working.
Benefits – in the round – of engaging hard- to-reach groups.
Strength of ‘social justice’ - corporately (and personally)? Community development.
Collective action to bring about social change and justice by working with communities.
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