Resource Toolkit: Community Mapping Process

The four-stage approach I’ve set out below may look elaborate, and you could go through it more informally. Communities of various kinds are likely to become very important for all of us in the uncertain years ahead: the benefit of a thorough review is getting clarity on what you need, what you can contribute, and where to invest your time.

This process may take an hour or two, and needs some thinking time. It should help you assess which communities you’re part of, and these meet your needs and fulfil your talents. To start, use the Community Review, section 1, to list the various community groups you’re part of and add any that you’re considering joining. The seven kinds of community listed in Chapter 6 may be a useful aid for this. Then proceed with the other three parts of the exercise below.

Download a PDF version of the Community Mapping Chart.