Originally published in 1976, the aim of this book was to understand the contribution of community work to meeting some of the problems to be found in many of Britain’s inner city neighbourhoods. It describes the community work process and the tasks, roles and skills of the professional community worker as he interacts with neighbourhood groups and service agencies. The author also indicates some of the strengths of collective action and its likely benefits and costs to those who participate. The book includes an examination of how to effect changes in the delivery of services from statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as an assessment of the community project of which the author was a staff member. The book is a contribution to the theory of community work and practice, and it is based upon the experience of those who worked in, and used, the Southwark Community Project, established by the National Institute for Social Work. It was written for practitioners, teachers and students of community work, as well as for other closely involved in community affairs such as teachers, playground workers, planners and social workers.

Foreword by Peter Marris.  Preface.  Acknowledgements.  Introduction.  1. The Relevance and Value of Neighbourhood Resources  2. Criteria for Intervention: Needs and Resources in Inner City Areas  3. Community Actors and the Organisation and Structure of the Southwark Community Project  4. Some Opening Moves in Neighbourhood Work  5. A Coalition: The Residents  6. A Coalition: The Community Worker  7. A Coalition: The Material Resources of a Community Project  8. Working with Service Agencies  9. An Assessment of the Southwark Community Project  10. Conclusion: Some Issues and Problems.  Appendices  A: A Guide to Staff, Neighbourhood Groups and Service Agencies  B: Reports from the Southwark Community Project.  Index.