Community and Social Development is about building viable, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout the city. There is a strong team of staff throughout the city working with communities in the Council’s 5 administrative areas (Central, South Central, South East, North West and North Central). Working in partnership with community volunteers, residents, businesses, statutory and non statutory agencies, elected representatives and other city council staff ensures that a proactive approach is taken to dealing with the opportunities and challenges that face the city.
We work to promote the development of social cohesion where everyone has the opportunity to participate in the life of the city and have their voices heard. In addition to helping with capacity building for participation the team assist communities and residents groups to identify their needs and develop appropriate plans. A culture of volunteering is promoted where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get involved in their communities.