Community work has its own history within the development of social work in Britain. But community work has been taking place in a range of other settings too, and community workers have been applying their community work skills to professional work around community health, community education, housing and planning, community employment and youth and community work (to name some of the better known examples) both within statutory agencies, and within the voluntary and informal sectors. Given this diversity of community work settings, the definition of ‘community work’ takes on particular importance. What are the common strands within these different areas of practice? And how can social workers use community work methods themselves, and relate to other community workers most effectively, whether these community workers are employed within social work agencies, or within other relevant agencies, concerned with community welfare more broadly?