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.