The Community Development Network London

About Us

Who are we?

Community Development Network London (CDNL) is an active network of community development (CD) practitioners, committed to social justice and community empowerment CDNL was established in 2007 and has over 200 members. Its main purpose is to provide a voice for Community Workers in the London Region.

CDNL holds 2-3 regional events a year, together with regular e-bulletins and has the following strategic aims:

  • Provide networking and informal peer support opportunities
  • Enable policy dissemination and critical discussion
  • Develop a campaigning capability to raise the profile of CD
  • Encourage the growth of CD networks at a local level and on key issues


In the past we have had active partnerships with the London Empowerment Partnership, London Civic Forum, London South Bank University and the Community Development Exchange (CDX). Currently we work closely with the Federation of Community Development Learning (FCDL) and London Metropolitan University

Our Ethos:

We support the core values of CD

  • Social justice
  • Self-determination (within which we emphasise the importance of resident led local initiatives)
  • Working and learning together
  • Sustainable communities
  • Participation
  • Reflective practice

Who should join CDNL?

CDNL is open to everyone in London who is doing community development (CD) work paid or unpaid including: active residents / community activists, workers (volunteer or paid) fully or partly supporting resident activists, CD workers from the voluntary sector and public agencies. Mangers,policy workers and academics are also welcome.

Participation is informal.