Comanity project

COMANITY is a project funded under the EU’s ‘Erasmus+’ programme (2017-2019). Its main objective is to train youth workers and volunteers for a new role in youth work – the ‘Community Animateur’.

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

Click here to see COMANITY’s Brochure