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Using an Assets-Based Approach to Involving Local People in Sale West Dr Diana Forrest MB, ChB, DRCOG, MSc, FFPHM Vice-chair, Sale West and Ashton Partnership.

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1 Using an Assets-Based Approach to Involving Local People in Sale West Dr Diana Forrest MB, ChB, DRCOG, MSc, FFPHM Vice-chair, Sale West and Ashton Partnership National Leading Improvement for Health and Wellbeing Programme

2 ‘We can’t do well serving communities if we believe that we, the givers, are the only ones that are half- full, and that everybody we’re serving is half-empty. There are assets and gifts out there in communities, and our job as servants and as good leaders is having the ability to recognise those gifts in others, and help them put those gifts into action’. Michelle Obama June 2009

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4 The case for an assets approach A culture of dependency saps energy from the community Building resilience enables people to grow in confidence, and supports positive mental health Strengthening community networks improves relationships and mutual support

5 Community led Long term Open ended

6 What did I not do today that allowed people in the community to take charge? Personal appraisal question to Dublin community development workers

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8 Techniques Asset mapping Asset based community development (ABCD) Appreciative enquiry – Storytelling – World Café Use of social media

9 Techniques Asset mapping* Asset based community development (ABCD)* Appreciative enquiry – Storytelling* – World Café Use of social media*

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11 Sale West - Issues Children ‘damaged before they reach school’ Young mothers feeling ‘trapped’ Feelings of worthlessness Domestic violence Worklessness Alcohol and drug problems Mental health problems Isolated, vulnerable older people

12 What Would Local People Like? More childcare locally More activities for children eg football Shops on the Sale West Estate Opportunities for training Opportunities for activities eg allotment Local events To be more aware of what’s going on locally

13 Local Assets Sale West Ashton Partnership Local leaders Facilities Local volunteers Community ‘diamonds’ Sale West Voice

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16 Asset: Simon

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18 Asset: Peter

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20 Asset: Alan

21 Asset: Zoe

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29 Assets: Irene and Gladys

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31 Asset: James

32 What Would Local People Like? More childcare locally √ More activities for children eg football √ Shops on the Sale West Estate X Opportunities for training √ Opportunities for activities eg allotment √ Local events √ To be more aware of what’s going on locally √

33 Sale and Altrincham Messenger 17 th November, 2011

34 Sale and Altrincham Messenger 17 th November, 2011 Assets: Lisa and Taaliah

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37 Discussion What are the issues we are having to deal with when balancing the statutory and local agendas? Do we have time to let the delicate buds of potential in people flower?

38 Dr Diana Forrest National Leading Improvement for Health and Wellbeing Programme


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