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Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, and Marek Perlinski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327196

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.001.0001

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Challenges of municipal community work

Challenges of municipal community work

(p.175) Twelve Challenges of municipal community work
Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States

Witold Mandrysz

Marek Perlinski

Lars Evertsson

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the pros and cons of involving professional social workers, employed in municipal social services, as animators of local community organising projects in urban, socially and economically degraded residential areas. Such projects aim at the active inclusion of inhabitants in improving their own situation and to promote social development. Local authorities can face great difficulties when using their own staff as the driving force of local community organising. The main difficulty is that many inhabitants have a negative attitude towards welfare institutions and frequently refuse to cooperate. The fact that the social workers are animating the project work for the local authority complicates the situation.

Keywords:   community work, community organising projects, welfare institutions, project work, social workers, social development

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