Community Projects: 12 or 600 Participants?
This blog will compare and contrast large verse small community projects. It will compare the difference between organizing a large one off event, like a gala day with assembling a small team over multiple events.
The key point of interest is the impact of such projects on the community.
LARGE 600 PEOPLE PROJECT
In the chart above, it details a large community event. In this event there are about 600 participants. This group assemble in one location for one day. These styles of events are common such as gala days or large one off events. During this event, the project will make contact with 600 participants.
This is a common mechanism for community project. Large events typically attract a group with similar interests and backgrounds. Such a community event are generally organised by a council, housing association or a larger organisation. As the organisers are typically the owner/manager of the resource, the risks are considered low as they are in control of all the due diligence.
SMALL 12 PERSON PROJECT
The other event outline above is the small community event. Such a small community project will assemble about dozen participants. The group will create about 10 events for five different teams. The project will create 600 contacts with the participants (participant contact are calculated every time a participant attends an event).
There is an assumption that during this project that the small groups will interact with one another through out the project. A group from one geographic location (park, school, church, etc) will meet a different group from an adjacent local geographical location. These types of projects require a highly motivated and educated population. They tend to be developed by local residents, groups of friends and those communities. It is important that the land owner (council, housing association) of the asset where the group will be assembling has a clear process to ensure that the required due diligence is undertaken (public liability, first aid, risk assessment, etc).
Large and smaller community projects as detailed above will have a correlation with the education and motivation of the population. Larger projects are easy for an outside agency such as the government or housing association to generate. Smaller projects can only be developed when the local population is highly motivated with the educational capacity to safely deliver the project.
New friendships are more likely to be generated within the smaller community projects that have multiple events. The major advantage and challenge is for the smaller groups to interact. Such interact will provide an opportunity for those who don’t currently know (or even historically don’t interact) each other to potentially create a mutual understanding or even potential friendships.