Social Action Process

The Social Action process combines two distinct things in one schema: Firstly, it is a model for guiding the way in which a Social Action group develops, through posing a series of questions and an order in which they should be tackled. Secondly it pinpoints the role played by the facilitator.

Communities and service users are facilitated and encouraged to:

  • set their own agenda
  • analyse critically their situation
  • devise ways of tacking their issues, problems and concerns
  • take action for themselves
  • reflect on their experiences, consolidate their learning and begin the process again on a higher level

Social Action is different to other ways of working and methods because:

  • the agenda is handed over to community members or services users
  • facilitators and group members work in partnership
  • all people are viewed as having the capacity to create social change and are given the opportunity to do so
  • the facilitator is the catalyst for change and the agents of change are the community members/service users.