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Coalition group to tackle community problems holds its first academy

A programme intended to help communities diagnose and deal with problems is set to kick off tomorrow.

The inaugural Community Coalition Academy, formed by the Bermuda Coalition Advisory Committee, is scheduled to take place tomorrow through Saturday at the Police Recreation Club, with positions for interested parties still available.

The Academy, which intends to focus on community mobilisation and coalition-building, will be based on a model developed for Bermuda by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Judith Burgess, executive director of PRIDE Bermuda, said: “The Department for National Drug Control’s 2007 Youth Survey indicated that the prevalence of community disorganisation, norms favourable to drug use, low neighbourhood attachment, availability of drugs and firearms are risk factors that significantly contribute to the violence in our community.

“The Advisory Committee believes that no one person or organisation can bring the solution to our issues, but we together can.”

The Academy taking place this week will be the first of three, titled “CSI Community Scene Investigator.” Participants are expected to learn how to diagnose a problem within the community, intervene, and sustain efforts to make a difference.

“Many efforts to bring about change in our community have dwindled,” Miss Burgess said.

“As a means to strategically sustain efforts, we are urging all sectors of the community, those who have a passion and commitment to foster change, to participate in the Bermuda Coalition Academy.”

The programme has enough space for 40 participants, with applications available at PRIDE Bermuda.

Judith Burgess, executive director of PRIDE

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Published November 30, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 30, 2011 at 8:52 am)

Coalition group to tackle community problems holds its first academy

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