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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 Council

So far so good - but this is really only the start of the journey - ABCD is being factored into our service plan as the basis for future community engagement and in the longer term we will be working to spread this across the authority as far as possible - lots of work to do before we get there but the fact that it is being implemented now is hopefully a sign of things to come!!

I fully subsribe to Alan Williams' comment in one of my last posts that this needs to truly use local people as the starting point and not simply be something that proffessionals talk at communities about!!!

thats it for now ill be in touch soon with another update!

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Comment by Lorna Prescott on May 5, 2012 at 15:49

Hi Chris

It's great to hear that community development, and asset approaches are being thought about seriously across Kirklees Council. I'd be interested to hear if you've had conversations about community development values.

I appreciate your point about local people being the starting point. I'm struggling to get this through to some professionals on our patch who aren't accustomed to thinking in that way.

I look forward to your next update.


Comment by Mole Chapman on April 18, 2012 at 14:26

this is fabulous news!! Hope for us' locals. 

with admiration


Comment by chris chinnock on April 18, 2012 at 8:37

Hi Gary, thanks for getting in touch - yes it would be good to have a chat about this and other work we are developing locally and look at the opportunities to link in - i've got your email address from the event last year so illdrop you a line

Many thanks


Comment by Gary Loftus on April 17, 2012 at 19:04

Hi Chris, 

this is great progress and in line with ours at Forever Manchester, would be good to have a chat on the phone one day if you are up for that!

Best wishes, 


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