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He was 'all talk' for some months. Then suddenly he started doing things; it was as if the talk was a preparation for the action. Different group members have different ways of coping. Some put on a brave face and speak with assurance even when they are unsure. These members are very difficult to help because they are too threatened to admit they need help. I often found myself colluding with such group members when they, for example, blamed other people for problems in the group for which they themselves were responsible.

School rolls will give you information about the child population, and you might find a headmaster, particularly of a primary school as they cover smaller areas, who can give you a lot of useful information which reveals year-to-year changes which a census does not. You also need to know the socio-economic class structure and unemployment rates for men, women and schoolleavers: again the census will be of use. An understanding of the local industrial structure is now regarded as basic in analysing the needs and problems of a 32 Commun£ty Work community and many books are written about the political economy of a town or region.

Only a few children turned up and virtually no one ever paid the money they collected to the group. Sometimes that is the only way to learn. But that community leader never organised another sponsored walk. Organisational and interactional skills To help a group plan and carry out successful action you require two kinds of skills. The first of these are analysis, planning and organisational skills. If the group decides to pressurise the local authority to provide conventional play equipment you should immediately begin to think of the practicalities.

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