C2 Experiential Learning Programme is designed to equip learners with practical, evidence-based skills to lead Transformative Community Development (TCD) in their chosen neighbourhood.

C2 Course

"Be Inspired... be VERY inspired"

TCD is a cost effective way of working with communities which empowers both local residents and frontline service personnel to improve health, well-being and local conditions in disadvantaged areas

It uses a 7 step, asset-based programme called C2, short for Connecting Communities which has been used successfully in communities in the South West and nationally since 1995. It was designed and researched by a frontline Health Practitioner together with researchers from Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, Exeter University. In 2010 it was the fieldwork model of choice for the Dept. Health funded Health Empowerment Leverage Project (HELP).

C2 results in high levels of community self-organisation and engagement, leading to long term transformative outcomes in health and social wellbeing.

The track record consistently shows that C2 has the power to break through longstanding barriers to achieve profound and lasting change within hard-pressed communities.

The 7 Step Method

The method can be described as a process of building community solidarity from the 'inside out' through a series of specific steps, while simultaneously building agency solidarity from the 'outside in' via the setting up of co-producing, problem- solving, resident-led partnerships.

The course provides:

  • A basic grounding in the concept and 7 step method using resident and agency speakers drawn from established partnerships.
  • Visits to established C2 neighbourhoods
  • In-depth analysis of the key stages of the process
  • Post-course follow-up mentoring in relation to practical application
  • A unique handbook for use both on the course and in your local project

Who should apply for this programme?

Community frontline service providers which may include Local Government, NHS, Housing, Education, Police, Fire Service, residents and volunteers.

What new skills and knowledge will this programme deliver?

As well as enhancing your own personal leadership and improvement knowledge the course will give you the ability to:

  • Recognise and work with the strengths within a challenged community
  • Co-create enabling conditions needed to release community and agency capacity
  • Listen effectively to enable residents to articulate a clear vision
  • Appreciate the 'invisible' values needed to help communities become self-reliant
  • Understand how to set up a resident led, multi-agency neighbourhood partnership
  • Appreciate the outcomes and impact in those communities where this has worked


September 10th -13th 2012
Places CONTACT Susanne Hughes@pcmd.ac.uk Programme Co-ordinator at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry 07792 256421

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