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Neighbourhood force: enforce neighbourhood-team in the area and take along inhabitants

The target group

Neighbourhood-teams, teams youth care, other (voluntary) organisations within the neighbourhood who would like to shape the participation thought in the neighbourhood.

Objectives for a 1-day training

  • Team building, employees in neighbourhood-teams explore each other and their organisations.
  • Explore organisations and talents in the neighbourhood and promote the cooperation with multiple parties.
  • From cared inhabitants-taken-care-of towards inhabitants who take care of each other.
  • Become visible within the neighbourhood increasing approachability.
  • Establish appreciative contact with neighbourhood-inhabitants.
  • Getting understanding on what is going on among inhabitants in the neighbourhood and where neighbourhood-inhabitants want to invest their energy.
  • Knowing which contribution of the neighbourhood-team activates the energy of the neighbourhood-inhabitants to take care of each other.

Extra objectives for a 3-day training

  • Neighbourhood-team creates a movement (tipping point) by activating inhabitants to join from their own strength en to dream along about their neighbourhood. This movement creates a spontaneous participation.
  • Neighbourhood-team members visualise a first dream together with neighbourhood-inhabitants.
  • Inhabitants find each other after this social activation through the neighbourhood-team.

The approach

The method is based on "learning by doing". We work with the 'Oasis game". This is an approachable and playful way of getting into contact with the neighbourhood-inhabitant right away and to know which talents inhabitants possess themselves and which dreams they have for the neighbourhood. In the course of the game neighbourhood-inhabitants get involved and will participate. In this manner the neighbourhood-team van connect with what is going on in the neighbourhood and become an additional force to the talents/ qualities already present in the neighbourhood. Together the neighbourhood will be shaped.

Programme points:

Day 1:

  • Appreciate: Take a new look at the neighbourhood and inhabitants. Get acquainted with the method Appreciative Inquiry. Neighbourhood-team members will see the neighbourhood with an open mind. We truly practice to look at the neighbourhood like that.
  • Connect: Out of appreciation, make contact with the inhabitants. Next to the professional look, develop an attitude aimed at own strength and talents of people. To discuss talents is the basis for social activation of people.
  • Dream: Out of appreciative contact, speak to inhabitants about their talents and possibilities to participate to realise dreams in the neighbourhood.

Day 2 and 3 (when the 3-day programme is chosen):

  • Care: Bringing together these dreams of neighbourhood-inhabitants for their neighbourhood. Hereby, neighbourhood-inhabitants are invited to gather with the (neighbourhood) team to contribute their dreams about the neighbourhood. This is a festive gathering where contacts are made and plans are forged.
  • Create: from the neighbourhood-dreams a concrete dream is chosen, which can be executed (for instance: cleaning a playground, decorating a hall in the neighbourhood-centre, starting a neighbourhood-initiative, neighbourhood-Facebook focused on self-reliance ...). Working together is essential here. The (neighbourhood) team is supportive to the neighbourhood-initiatives.
  • Celebrate: celebrate together the first successes as the closing of creating together.
  • Go together: Go together in this spirit. Establish agreements, work group, establish contact moments to keep participation alive and address other dreams that need a longer breath. The neighbourhood-team can specifically support this.


Below you find examples of interventions that can be combined or deployed separately.