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April 2012 Blog Posts (13)

Lostock Asset Roll Call!

I just wanted to share some of the amazing gifts of the people of Lostock that we have discovered already, it’s a long and interesting list and doesn’t include everything, remember this list has been gathered in just under 4 Months, so here goes

We’ve got Gardeners, Cleaners, Bee Keepers, Bakers, Skaters, Jewellery Makers, Carpenters, Builders, Knitters, Radio Entrepreneurs, Fishermen, Chefs, Teachers, Card Makers, Jam Makers, Wine Makers, Recyclers, Quiz Masters, Veg Growers,…


Added by James Hampson on April 26, 2012 at 16:47 — 4 Comments

The importance of the 'Gift of the Hands' and why these essential skills should not be lost.....

Why Carpentary for the Man's Shed? 


Since man was able to walk on two legs he has been able to make things out of wood, making this the earliest trade of all, with the possible exception of pottery coming in a close second.

Even when metal was discovered and cast iron items were made, pattern makers had to first make the item out of wood so that the sand mould could be made to take the molton metal.

Carpentary used to be taught in most schools,…


Added by Gary Loftus on April 26, 2012 at 16:23 — No Comments

Focus on strengths changes perceptions in Greater Manchester, Birmingham & Black Country, Blackpool, Swindon and London

This edition of the Fair Share Trusts news bulletin focuses on strength based perceptions in Greater Manchester, Birmingham and Black Country, Swindon and London.

Focus on strengths changes perceptions in Greater Manchester, Birmingham & Black Country, Blackpool, Swindon and London

Over the past 12 months a small number of Community Foundations have been turning to a strength based approach and the results of that work is now coming to fruition and here's a…


Added by Gary Loftus on April 26, 2012 at 9:59 — No Comments

A Letter to the community from Lynsey & Sister ACCT

Steph, Marty, Helen (Forever Manchester's Community Builder) and Lynsey residents of the Alt Estate forming ACCT....


Following a number of sessions with residents from Alt in Oldham, a young mum, unprompted as written a letter to her community.


Lynsey, who's a member of Alt…


Added by Gary Loftus on April 25, 2012 at 9:57 — No Comments

Forever Manchester leads with the ABCD of community building and appoints UK's first Community Builder

Hi check this out from Forever Manchester's ABCD 2 day event November 2011


Hope you enjoy!





Added by Gary Loftus on April 25, 2012 at 9:04 — No Comments

A social reporting game for community builders by David Wilcox

Recently Drew Mackie and I ran a training workshop about social reporting with community builders atForever Manchesteras I trailed here. In practice it was more of an exchange of ideas, insights and triggers for further exploration … which is how we hoped it would turn out. We learned a lot.

I won’t attempt a detailed description, but want to share some of the materials we…


Added by Gary Loftus on April 25, 2012 at 6:41 — 1 Comment

Wiltshire Assembly embrace ABCD

I have been most encouraged by the positive reaction of the Wiltshire Assembly to the ABCD message. Watch this space:

All the best,


Added by Cormac Russell on April 21, 2012 at 20:58 — 2 Comments

Respectful language

Respectful language – Laura (Mole) Chapman


I started my research into ‘respectful language’ having delivered a number of workshops on the subject as part of Equality and Diversity programmes. People often requested this session because in their professional roles they felt scared to use ‘wrong words’. What always struck me was that during the training activity people often expressed frustration with political correctness, it made…


Added by Mole Chapman on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Kirklees Council - adopting ABCD

Hi everyone, it's been a hectic few months here and i have been pretty lax in keeping in touch with folk on this forum  - my apologies to all, ill be making sure i play a more active role on here in future,

So what have we been up to???

1:Engaging different teams of Council Officers around the conceptof ABCD

2:Working with community panels as part of the 'Community First' programme we have going on in some areas

3:Working to share ABCD with senior managers within the…


Added by chris chinnock on April 16, 2012 at 11:33 — 4 Comments


Everyone has a Story, a collection of life experiences, lessons learned and skills to teach which make them unique and that also make them useful to someone else and the community at large.  Stories can be entertaining and educational, Skills can be taught and shared like a living how to guide.  In this way we can view individuals as collections of unique tales, instruction manuals and text books. 

So if the people are the books the community could be seen as the library.  A home for…


Added by Gary Loftus on April 14, 2012 at 9:07 — 5 Comments

Learning sessions on asset based approaches and the practical application of them

I feel fortunate to have been able to attend two learning events recently in relation to asset based approaches in health and wellbeing work. 

Rather than taking notes I opted to tweet during the events, and blog afterwards. Through tweeting I was able to involve 12 people who weren't at the sessions in discussions about what we were covering.

Here are tweets from the first session, which provided an introduction and some case studies: …


Added by Lorna Prescott on April 14, 2012 at 0:41 — 2 Comments

A period of reflection.

Last week I was invited to attend an Asset Building Community Development Training organised by Dawn Carr, the speaker being Cormac Russell, which took place at the Public Art gallery in West Bromwich in the West Midlands, UK.  

The training covered two days. I came to realise that most of the things Cormac Russell spoke about we were already doing, but we did not have the language for it before until now, which is ABCD, which is `Asset Building Community Development’.

It took…


Added by Dean Campbell on April 6, 2012 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

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