Community Development Ethos

BCDA’S work is guided by our community development ethos which strives to be enabling, empowering, supportive and outward looking: 

  • Enabling by sharing knowledge and skills to enable people and groups to articulate their needs and to stimulate action to address them;
  • Empowering by advancing the needs and solutions that people have identified for themselves, irrespective of whether the solution is being sought through self-help or statutory means;
  • Supportive by promoting teamwork and shared responsibility as well as encouraging individual creativity and personal effectiveness;
  • Outward-looking by encouraging an open and progressive outlook on life communities and cultures and endeavouring to share our approach and develop links with other organisations in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.