Community engagement and mobilisation overview

The following toolkit provides LDATs with a step by step approach to Community Engagement and Mobilisation.

It supports you to:

  • identify local issues
  • increase awareness of the identified issues by engaging with stakeholders and community and developing useful partnerships
  • create opportunities to explore the issues further with partners, key stakeholders and community to understand them more deeply
  • use these insights to build readiness for change and to mobilise your community to take action.

This resource supports the Community Engagement and Mobilisation Community Action Plan (Type 1 CAP), designed to guide and support LDATs to engage and mobilise their communities, develop appropriate partnerships, determine local issues and the most appropriate prevention approaches for future Prevention CAPs.

Community Engagement and Mobilisation refers to activities and processes that connect and motivate members of the community to take action towards a common goal.

Community Engagement and Mobilisationgenerally targets a whole population within an area, such as a region, town or city.

It requires a range of stakeholders to work together to identify an issue and to use the best evidence of what works to address the issue and produce a change in the community.

For LDATs, the aim is to identify a local alcohol or other drug (AOD) issue and then engage and motivate the community to come up with solutions to that issue, involving them in the design and implementation of the identified solutions.

Toolkit Includes:

  • Key points
  • Drawing on existing programs
  • Guiding principles
  • Considerations for planning and delivery
  • Community Engagement and Mobilisation toolkit: key activity and measuring success
  • Community Engagement and Mobilisation toolkit: key steps

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