Community Animateur-specific Competences

Community Animateur-specific Competences are the unique competences that Community Animateurs need to carry out their role.

Within this role, the Community Animateur acts as a ‘Social Mediator’, bridging the gap between young people who feel they’ve been left on ‘on the margins’ and ‘mainstream’ institutions. Animateurs organize actions that allow disconnected institutions – like schools, youth organisations, local businesses and civil society actors – to work together. They design and co-ordinate development programmes for young people. They build on the resources of the community to develop, in collaboration with young people, social innovations aimed at solving problems in the community. To carry out this role, Community Animateurs need a set of core competences around things like information gathering, provision, guidance and advice; empowering young people to to learn and develop; applying intercultural understanding to support young people in expanding their meaningful relationships; networking, partnership-building and active engagement in communities.

These competences are divided into five competence areas with a total of eighteen competences in all.

Test your competence level by doing a quiz covering the five competence areas listed and described below. Click on this link or on the button below to access the quiz

For each question, click on the number that best describes how you think you rate on this competence at this point in time (now).

Competence Area B1: Organising and Managing Information and Resources

This competence area involves being able to Identify appropriate resources to support information access for young people; organizing information and resources for young people; understanding the community and ‘lifeworld’ and how it works and working with different community groups.

Competence Area B2.: Mapping, Networking and Mediation

This competence area involves working with different community groups to facilitate community networking and collaboration, including understanding how conflict situations develop and, working, if necessary, to manage these conflict situations.

Competence Area B3: Advice, Guidance and Support

This competence area involves working with young people to understand their needs; give full attention to these needs in a non-judgemental and supportive way; understand how needs are shaped by culture and apply diversity awareness to support collaboration between different groups of young people.

Competence Area B4: Delivering participation programmes

This competence area involves applying project design and implementation methods and tools to develop and run collaborative programmes, working with young people to overcome participation barriers.

Competence Area B5: Empowering young people

This competence area demands relevant skills and expertise in ‘thinking out of the box’ to work with young people to explore radical and emancipatory ways of changing their situation. It assumes knowledge of the principles and practices of participatory / emancipatory / empowerment pedagogy and skills in blending ‘creative’ methods with ‘mainstream’ learning and development methods and practices.