Psychology academic takes on leadership role with British Psychological Society
The Community Psychology Section is one of Europe’s largest networks of community-based researchers and practitioners. Dr Williams will commence his new role at the second Community Psychology Festival in Manchester on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November, organised by the Section.
Dr Williams commented: “I am excited to be taking on this role, with this opportunity to work collaboratively with a diverse range of colleagues to influence community psychology education, research and practice nationwide and beyond. I have been privileged to have been part of the Committee of the Community Psychology Section since its inception in 2010 and I feel honoured to be put in a role of responsibility to take this organisation forward over the coming year. I have enjoyed working with colleagues from this Section over the past five years. I have also been encouraged over that period to see how we have made progress in helping to shape lives and society through effective applications of community psychology principles and practices.
“I am really looking forward to attending our Section’s second Community Psychology Festival, which promises to be a packed programme of exciting and enthralling activities for anyone with an interest in making a difference to their communities to enhance health and well-being. Last year’s Community Psychology Festival in London was unlike any event I’d attended before - it definitely wasn’t like a traditional, formal academic conference. Instead, it was quite a captivating, welcoming and riveting event and I believe this year’s Festival will be even better!”
The Community Psychology Festival is open to a wide range of people including: the general public; mental health and social care practitioners; community activists; professional psychologists (e.g. community psychologists and those from other psychological disciplines who also have an interest in community psychology); professionals from other fields, including community and participatory arts; and members of community and voluntary sector groups with an interest in wellbeing, social justice, and community cohesion.
Sessions at the Festival will include a range of interactive activities including workshops, discussion forums, stalls, poster displays, dance, and a Walk and Talk group. The Festival’s themes are Creativity, Collaboration, and Community.