By Alan Twelvetrees (auth.)
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The nearest university or polytechnic should be able to assist. An 'issue' profile Henderson and Thomas (1987) discuss undertaking a 'broad angle' scan followed by a 'narrow angle' scan when discovering information. This is necessary because even in a generic community work project there will be some existing expectations that the worker will work on certain issues rather than others. The broad angle scan provides limited general information about the locality. The narrow angle scan provides more detailed information relevant to the specific areas of work in which the worker expects to be involved.
To fail at the first attempt is likely to result in the death of the group. The secretary of a community group decided to hold a sponsored walk. I knew he was organising it badly and tried several times to encourage him to make better preparations. But he did not want to hear. It was an absolute disaster. Only a few children turned up and no one paid the money they collected to the group. Sometimes that is the only way to learn. But that community leader never ran another sponsored walk! Directive democracy?
What are the pet schemes they want to back? 28 Community Work What are they touchy about? What are they afraid of? At this stage in our work we should also be recording the information we obtain fairly conscientiously, because the next stage is to try to marry it all together into an analysis which will lead to action. Gathering information from residents Our contacts with other professionals may provide us with the names of several people who are or were active in community organisations, and it is important to follow up these contacts.