Community Development

The Selby Trust has led on partnership projects and engaged community organisations into networks.

Community Development is an umbrella organization with a 20 plus membership of Training Providers from Voluntary & Community Sector. Haringey Training Network works with these Organizations to provide training and employment opportunities for communities in London.

Services Include:

  • Matrix Quality Standard
  • Grant-finder
  • Staff Development
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Partnership Development
  • Community Development Training, seminars & Workshops
  • Associate Membership
  • Small Grants Scheme & Publications

Examples of what we have done:

  • Promote good environmental practice in the community by conducting door-to-door outreach amongst local residents and community organisations and installed power down devices and energy saving light-bulbs
  • Providing training courses, funding information, and partnership development programmes that have reached 250 member groups in 11 London boroughs
  • Led on a sports and leisure partnership project engaging 11 community organisations into delivering pathways to employment for local people in the sub-region
  • Training, secondments and work placements in a range of areas including:
    • Youth and community development
    • sustainable planning
    • managing funding cocktails
    • developing policies and procedures
    • managing projects
  • Running Community Hubs, that provide outreach and neighbourhood based support in community venues – especially in those in deprived Super Output areas
  • Conducted research projects in neighbourhoods that increased resident participation and governance in major regeneration schemes - including neighbourhood renewal and regeneration programmes
  • Conducted research and a study of Learning Communities for a test-bed project – a Department of Education and Skills pilot project

Learning Circles

On February 3rd 2010 Ann O’Toole facilitated an event on Joining the Learning Revolution. Groups of self organised learners who did not know each other previously but have the common interest in learning something new gathered together to figure out how to set up “learning circles”.

The principle of our work is that everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn.

This is an opportunity to take a significant step forward in the development of a new national infrastructure which will support a real world of social networking.

We aim to create a network of individual citizens and develop the infrastructure and support needed to enable them to establish informal Learning Circles.

As a result, at the Selby Centre we have established 3 learning circles:

Black History Learning Circle

Do you have an interest in Black History?

Would you like to contribute to collective research and have a chance to learn and share thoughts on the rich heritage of people of African descent and their contribution to the modern world?  Come and join the Black History Research Group Learning Circle.

Meetings will start on 29 April 2010 at the Selby Centre Bar, Selby Centre, Selby Road Tottenham, London N17 8JL and will run once a month until October 2010.

To book a place or to find out more please contact Bridget 
Tel: 07507 662 329

View & download the Flyer

Green Learning Circle

Wasted? Can you? Will you?

Make a difference! Join the Green Circle!

The Green circle is an informal learner-led group meeting engaging participants to make a difference and put ideas into action


Every Tuesday 8pm–10pm at
The Salisbury
1 Grand Parade, Green Lanes
London N4 1JX

View & download the Flyer

Photo Learning Circle

The Photo Learning Circle under this name has now ended as it was run in conjunction with the training programme of the WEA for Learning circles which has finished.

We will continue to run as an open art group to provide a platform for collaboration and discussion and organise arts projects together based at the Selby community centre.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the Opening evening at 25th June in the Selby Cafe, visit our image gallery for a view of the exhibition.

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