ABCD Europe

Asset-based community development in action, all over Europe.

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HI,We (a group of people from Manchester/Greater Manchester) are in the process of setting up an ABCD Peer group. Anybody interested in coming along and being part of it are welcome!If anybody has…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Shashoua Mar 7, 2015.


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Emerging Futures
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I am a person in long term recovery from addiction and for me this means I have not used drugs or alcohol for coming up to 14 years. I will celebrate my 14 year anniversary in October 2014.

I am married to Jolene and in so many ways she is my rock. We have 7 children and 3 grand children.

I enjoy variety of hobbies and interests from keeping fit and active to reading/cooking and spending time out in the great outdoors.

I'm the chair of The Greater Manchester Recovery Federation which is a body of people brought together with the aim of
raising the profile of recovery from addiction and investing
in communities. GMRF recently won the bid to host the 6th National Recovery Walk here in Greater Manchester. We are on FB as GMRF please feel free to check us out. is the link for The National Recovery Walk website. Please feel free to check us out.

I am also part of a worldwide personal development program, Clearmind International. We are made up of people from all walks of life who have chosen to aspire to lives of honesty and integrity. We are like minded people working towards effecting positive change not only in our own lives but also in the wider communities around world. For more info please see

I have worked with various agencies where motivation toward change and personal development has been the driving force. I love people and I love life and I am a firm believer that the universe is a friendly place!

I am about to embark on a new project with Emerging Futures working with people being released from prison and out into the community and I am really excited about the project!
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I am inspired by ABCD and I want to find out more about it in the hope that I can help to establish asset based community development here in Manchester. I've heard and read so much positive stuff about what ABCD Europe is doing thanks to Cormack Russels vision and I just think its about time it got off the ground properly here in my home city! Currently reading The Abundant Community...what an exciting and empowering book!
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I'm brand new to the ABCD Europe and pretty much to ABCD generally to be honest. I was introduced to the concept through a friend a couple of weeks ago and every spare minute I've had since I've been trying get even more aquainted with it all. There are so many aspects to ABCD are'nt there but I think its absolutely boss and I'm sooo looking forward to getting even more stuck in and understanding more in the hope that I can play a part in bringing ABCD more into…


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