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Community Networks in Practice

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Community Networks in Practice

Hover over or tap on the boxes to find out more about  how Community Networks work.

Members

A network has around 9 people in it, who live near each other and are known as ‘members’

Home

Members usually have their own homes or tenancies, they may live alone or with others

Facilitation

Each network has a Community Network Facilitator, who lives in the same area as members

Flexibility

Support is flexible, which means it’s there when members need it, not when they don’t

Peers

Members often help each other and learn to do things for themselves – this is peer support

Support

Support can come from staff, members, or from someone else who can help better, like a money advisor (budgeter) or a health worker

Community

Members can be helped to do things and join in more outside their network in their local communities or beyond

Social

Enjoying life is more important to members – they often go out socialising, or visit each other

Confidence

Membership helps people become a lot more confident and better in doing things themselves, and for others

What Does a Network Facilitator Do?

She (or he) works about 12-16 hours a week in the Network—members are able to contact them most days, including weekends.  Each network agrees how communication occurs.

She/he offers members advice and support, either on the phone, or by meeting up.

She/he encourages people to get on with each other and help each other out.

She/he helps members get some of the things they want in their lives, like learning about new things, work or getting a social life.  She/he sometimes joins into social activities if members want her/him to.

Being a Network Member

Community Network members can refer to this Handbook:

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