Local communities and neighbourhoods are under big pressures in today's societies. Traditional family and interpersonal solidarity as well as cohesion is weaker and weaker and influence of both economic recesion and increasingly higher demands on each person brings people to the edge of their possibilities. Social work together with other professions need to find new answers to these challenges using and enabling power of neighbourhood and community support systems and using community activism to preserve the dismantlement of services and the cuts to their funding. Knowledge, experience and research findings from the field of community work will be presented at this course trying to open new possibilities for strengthening social inclusion and social cohesion at local level through activism and practice. Special contribution to this year's program will give local social professionals from Dubrovnik who will present specificity in their efforts to establish „strong community“with different population groups.