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Heather Henry
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Connecting Communities now on Twitter @C2_Exeter

Hello allJust to let you know that Connecting Communities - An award-winning asset based community development approach, founded by Hazel Stuteley OBE, is now on Twitter.Our handle is @C2_Exeter and…Continue

Started Aug 10, 2012


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Heather Henry posted blog posts
Jun 24, 2014
Heather Henry is attending Samantha Clark's event

ABCDE Peer Support Group Skype at Europe wide

April 16, 2014 from 4pm to 5pm
I understand you were not able to reply to my earlier message about Sally and I coordinating a discussion about a ABCD & being a middle person between practitioners & funders - sorry!Hopefully you can RSVP or get in touch now via this inviteSee More
Mar 19, 2014
Heather Henry posted a video

Salford Dadz -Great Dads Make Great Children

Salford Dadz is a dads forum established in Little Hulton. It is identifying the big issues affecting dads and and share solutions amongst local men. It uses...
Feb 28, 2014
Heather Henry posted a status
"Moving from fixing to enabling in primary care #ABCD"
Feb 25, 2014
Heather Henry posted a blog post

Bridging the Social Divides

Here is an article from Nursing Times describing my asset-based approach to nursingSee More
Feb 18, 2014
Heather Henry posted a blog post

The Hokey Cokey theory of community involvement

Written originally for my regular blog for the NHS AllianceIn relation to working with communities, NHS organisations regularly put their left leg in – out – and shake it all about. How many of us have seem HAZ, SRB and the like come and go? Have we ourselves been guilty of building a close relationship only to get a new job, new project and move on? This is extremely damaging to residents’ relationships with…See More
Jan 23, 2014
Heather Henry is attending Cormac Russell's event

Asset Based Community World Congress: 2015. UK at UK

January 1, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Asset Based Community Development Institute ABCD enthusiast from every part of the world. We plan on holding the event in the UK. Venue yet to be decided.We will be building the event in the same way that we build community. So if you have assets you'd like to connect and mobilse to make this happen let us know. We are looking to map sponsorship, planning, brain power, story telling and convening power and to have fun doing it. If…See More
Jan 23, 2014
Heather Henry posted a blog post

On a new culture of leadership

This week’s blog is about how the behaviour and culture of primary and community leadership could change to meet current health challenges.Last week I was in the small semi-rural town of Wainfleet, near Skegness, which is embarking on a programme of community development using an asset based approach. This means…See More
Jul 22, 2013
Heather Henry posted an event

Connecting Communities residential training programme 16-19th Sept at Exeter University

September 16, 2013 at 12pm to September 19, 2013 at 12:30pm
Due to popular demand we are repeating this programme, designed to equip learners with practical evidence based skills in ABCD.Royal Society of Public Health accredited.See More
Jul 21, 2013
Heather Henry posted a blog post

Self-help groups – from the margins to the core of care

This is going to be a difficult blog to write because it is intensely personal.We talk about self care but little is written about self-help groups. Put two people together that share a common issue, one finding their way and one who has got the t-shirt and see what happens. Peer support can offer challenge, aspiration and hope in a way you can’t get on your own or with your health professional.Let me explain.One day I was in Sainsbury’s cereal aisle when the phone rang. It was my sister…See More
Jul 21, 2013
Heather Henry posted a blog post

An alternative vision of integrated dementia care

Here's Sale's vision of integrated dementia care:Our vision is ambitious: we’d like to create a virtual day centre in our town, built out of our assets and founded on relationships and community values. De-professionalised, personal and caring.Published by the NHS Alliance More
May 29, 2013
Heather Henry posted a blog post

Taking control

In my last blog, I talked about an early life blighted by chronic asthma and my eventual victory over self by taking control and concentrating on what I could do, rather than what I couldn’t.This week, I turn not to individuals and self-management of illness, but the wider issue of communities feeling in control and how this…See More
May 13, 2013
Heather Henry posted a blog post

Sale Square Mile - becoming a dementia friendly town!

Sale Living Magazine articleI am so excited about a recent article on Sale Living Magazine focusing on our work in Sale. We are planning to help my home town of Sale become a dementia friendly town - happy to link to others working on this!We decided to ask residents, 3rd sector, local businesses and partner…See More
Apr 29, 2013
Heather Henry posted a status
"Read @HeatherHenry4 latest blog - Using our strengths: The new health promotion. Don't let #LTCs get you down"
Apr 29, 2013
Heather Henry joined Cormac Russell's group

ABCD Community Building what would / does it look like?

 ABCD Community Building is becoming a phenomenon for change. Share what you're learning.See More
Apr 26, 2013
A blog post by Heather Henry was featured

Fling open your doors - an asset based approach to practice management

Written for Practice Management Magazine Fling Open Your Doors offers practice managers some practical advice on how to connect to their communities, find and work in partnership with their hidden assets!See More
Apr 5, 2013

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Brightness Management
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What brings you to ABCD Europe?
The future is asset based community development. I'm freelance and I am trained to use the Connecting Communities/HELP ABCD approach, developed by Hazel Stuteley et al at Peninsula Medical School, Exeter University. Currently I am working in Foleshill Coventry, 14 yr life expectancy gap!

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Just John

Just John - a poem by Heather Lynne Henry
Just John

Jaunty air

Casual 'Hiya mate'

Belies an urgent mission

Starved men

Receiving a gift of contact

Each with the other

John is a cog

That turns the wheel
So men may rest their weary…

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 21:52

A father's biggest regret

I hope you are enjoying my poetry - my work is about finding exceptional fathers who have managed to address problems and teach it father to father. Here is what one grandfather has learnt:

A father's biggest regret

My father was strong

He taught me to be a man

I knew he loved…


Posted on June 24, 2014 at 21:42

A Father’s Challenge

A father's challenge

The door clicks open
The light goes on
Decision time again
Half the fridge stacked with water
Half with cold cold beer
Will I do the right thing
For me kids?
Each night in bed I speak to them
They are not there of course
 But I picture them in me mind
Some day they will return to me
I'm fighting to be the dad they…

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 21:30

Nursing Fathers in the Last Chance Cafe

Trying a bit of poetry about working with Salford Dadz. Here is one about how we begun to bring fatherstogether to help them help themselves in order to improve their children’s wellbeing…

Nursing Fathers in the Last Chance Cafe

This time, I have no medicine

Just ears to hear their…


Posted on June 24, 2014 at 21:00

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At 18:26 on July 13, 2012, Lorna Prescott said…

Hi Heather

Thanks for joining the West Mids group. I need to post some updates, there's so much going on and not enough time to celebrate across all these great networks. Thanks for sharing your photos, a great way to get a flavour of what's going on in Coventry :)

At 22:54 on July 10, 2012, David Aynsley said…

Hi Heather, It's a small world! I'm retiring from teh police soon and working as teh Cornwall Community Timebank co-ordinator. Happy days! Dave Aynsley


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