A community worker is a person who has the knowledge, skills and values to work with individuals, families, social groups or communities to promote or restore social functioning.
Community workers advocate for the rights of individuals and communities and work to address systemic barriers that prevent the social and economic inclusion of all citizens. Promoting social justice and maximising human potential are cornerstones of community work.
In practice community workers provide services, support, activities, information and referral for those in need of assistance. They link people with appropriate services, groups, communities and each other.
Practitioners are often distinguished by the client area within which they work. These may include aged care, disability services, Indigenous and multicultural support, asylum seekers and refugee services, mental health, child and family services, counselling, schools, emergency relief, youth, justice, housing and community development.
Taken from – Australian Community Workers Association
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