Knockanrawley Resource Centre has worked out of a community development model of practice since 1991. In 1994, the Centre became part of the National Community Development Programme, now funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and called the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP).
The central ethic of community development is to work with people, not for them. We seek to empower and enable people to take control of their lives, by first, recognising the issues challenging them, and then, supporting them in making decisions to deal with them. Through this method, the community can promote positive change in society, in favour of those who benefit least.
Individuals develop their own skills, knowledge and experience. Through this process, and by working together, the community can challenge the root causes of poverty and social exclusion. We oppose discrimination against any individual or group.