Community Development, Sustainability and Human Rights

Prospect Awards is the Northern Ireland Curator of the Community Development National Occupational Standards.  It’s their natural home with Anna Clarke co-authoring the writing of the standards and authored the Guide to the CDNOS. We are delighted that Anna is also a board member and President  of the International Association of Community Development and also co-wrote the International Standards. 

Prospect Awards is a Learning Design and Development Social Enterprise focused on Community Development, Learning and Governance.  Prospect Awards CIC is the only Awarding Organisation in the UK and Ireland specialising in Community Development.  We look forward to working with you and encouraging each other on our Learning Journey.   On these pages, you will be able to access the CDNOS along with useful and relevant standards, like the UN Universal Declaration of Humarn Rights –  sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with our work.

And don’t forget as we are midway between L/Derry and Belfast, you could always call in! 😉 to ‘The Studio’ on the Garrison Road.  We look forward to seeing you here or in one of our webinars featuring  Community Development  and our work on Social Inequalities and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals


The complete Community Development National Occupational Standards (CDNOS)

Written in 2015 in a project spanning the UK and Ireland, the CDNOS is a key tool in Community Development and Learning across the UK and Ireland. To download the standards please subscribe to our newsletter.


A guide to using the Community Development National Occupational Standards

This guide written in 2011 refers to the 2009 Standards and Prospect Awards are in the process of updating this guide to reflect both the CDNOS and the International Standards.  This, however, is still an excellent resource.


CDNOS Tree Poster

The standards illustrated as a tree.  Key Area 1 is the trunk of the tree, the values of Community Development are its roots and key areas 2-6 are the branches and the standards as leaves.  It’s a very handy resource


2015 Standards summarised in a four-page A3 foldover

A handy four page summary of the 2015 Standards with the Values outlined, together with the Key Areas and Standards and the long term processes of community development


International Standards for Community Development Practice

This paper co-authored by Anna provides the basis for shared international standards for community development practice.  It presents the key themes and areas common across community development practice, wherever that practice may take place


Scottish Standards for Community Engagement

The National (Scottish) Standards for Community Engagement are good-practice principles designed to improve and guide the process of community engagement.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Download an illustrated version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The link here is to a British sign Language Translation.  The link here is to the campaign page of the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights for more materials.


Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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Prospect Awards offers coaching, mentoring, training, organisational development, learning design, qualifications, practitioner support and programme management in our area of expertise – Community Development, drawing on the CDNOS 2015, the International Standards and the Scottish Engagement Standards.  Reach out and we can help.

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