Community empowerment refers to the process of how CLB enables communities in the London Borough of Bromley to increase control over their lives. It is the process by which they increase their assets and attributes and build capacities to gain access, partners, networks and/or a voice, in order to gain control. Community empowerment is seen as an integral part of working, as a process which focuses on how we work in empowering ways; and as an outcome – for both communities and agencies; a change which is enduring, which is intended to improve the quality of life for communities and their environment. Despite the terminology, ‘community empowerment’ is not just about communities, it is also about organisational structures and processes being ‘empowering’.
The CLB Capacity Building Service will:
‘Promote an empowerment model of capacity building, that focuses on meeting an organisations own aspirations, as well as recognising that the organisation operates within a broader context and environment, thereby assuming a systems approach and so providing a range of services, both generic and issue based, and utilising a range or tools and mechanisms to enable VCSE organisations to develop programmatic, organisational and adaptive capacity.'