The Community Animateur’s role is to bridge the existing gap between young people on the margins and ‘mainstream’ institutions by acting as a “Social Mediator”. Community Animateurs come from the community, and are trusted by their peer group. They act as a point of mediation between young people who don’t trust ‘the system’ and the system itself.
Over two years, COMANITY has:
- Carried out research to find out what young people ‘on the margins’ feel about their lives; what they think needs to change in their communities and how the ‘Community Animateur’ can help make these changes possible.
- Developed a framework that describes the skills and competences needed to become a successful Community Animateur
- Developed a ‘self-assessment tool’ that helps people find out which of these competences they are good at and which ones they need to improve
- Developed a Learning Programme – linked to the competence framework – that provides the training needed to become a successful Community Animateur
- Delivered the Learning Programme in four different EU countries (UK, Spain, Italy, and Greece)
- Supported programme graduates to work in collaboration with young people to help solve problems in their communities