Community Work by Alan Twelvetrees (auth.)

By Alan Twelvetrees (auth.)

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It is a question of judgement and timing, and you only learn this by getting it wrong a few times. It is useful to know your own predisposition, so that you can guard against it if necessary. Mine is to intervene too early. Therefore I have to force myself to wait. Others have a laissez-faire approach which also needs modifying. Two problems may now become evident. First, some people who have never been involved in a project like this before may lack confidence. The problem will be too convince them they have the ability to do anything.

There may also be times when you are quite sure the group is about to make a really big mistake which you want to warn them about in fairly strong language. Obviously you must have a good relationship with the members if you are going to attempt this. '- 48 Community Work you need to develop a style which suits you. When using this 'non-directive' approach you need to be concerned to help the group do things their way. However, it is not necessary to conceal your own views or to pretend you have none.

People new to groups often talk a great deal about what they plan to do but do not get around to planning it in detail and carrying it out. This happened with an organiser I was involved with. He was 'all talk' for some months. Then suddenly he started doing things; it was as if the talk was a preparation for the action. Different group members have different ways of coping. Some put on a brave face and speak with assurance even when they are unsure. These members are very difficult to help because they are too threatened to admit they need help.

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