Back in 2011, Forever Manchester piloted the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach in neighbourhoods in Oldham, Trafford and Bolton. The ultimate aim of this approach is to transform a neighbourhood from disconnected to connected and thriving.

All of the communities where we have implemented the ABCD approach have reported a dramatic increase  in levels of community activity.

Over the last 2 years we have hosted a series of ABCD Training courses as well as launching our innovative Cash4Graft Awards programme. The Cash4Graft Awards are designed to encourage residents who wouldn’t normally apply for funding to gain access to money to help turn their ideas into a reality, creating new projects to benefit the wider community.

As a result of our success, we have attracted interest from local authorities, health agencies, housing associations and not-for-profit organisations across the UK wishing to adopt the approach in their communities.

Asset Based Community Development  is at the centre of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. The ABCD approach is a different way of thinking about how to work for change – starting from a place of possibilities, strengths and capacities, as opposed to problems and deficiencies. This approach helps residents and organisations to manage change by utilising their existing and potential capabilities, resources and assets.

We are pleased to announce that Leicester NHS have recently implemented the ABCD approach following training from Gary Loftus (Head of Community Building at Forever Manchester) along with visits to communities in Greater Manchester where we have developed the approach. Leicester NHS Community Wellness Service, who work together with local people in communities to improve health, reduce inequalities and improve well-being, have also adopted our Cash4Graft awards programme, which has already helped kick-start 30 new projects across Leicester.

Gloucester City Council have also had a second visit to see the impact of our Community Building work. We have been connected with Gloucester City Council for over two years and they now have two Community Builders of their own. They recently visited both the Oldham and Trafford areas and have seen first-hand how the ABCD approach has changed the lives of people in those areas. They met Cash4Graft recipients who spoke highly of how their £250 awards had benefited them and the local community.

Over the past 12 months the following organisations have benefited greatly from dedicated ABCD Training programmes delivered by Gary Loftus at Forever Manchester.

  • Kent County Council
  • Blackburn with Darwen Council,
  • Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (Leeds GATE)
  • First Choice Homes Oldham,
  • Cumbria Community Foundation
  • Foundation Scotland

On Thursday 5th February 2015 we are hosting an ‘Introduction to ABCD’ Training Course in Manchester.

This one day workshop outlines the basic principles and explores the methodology of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and provides real examples of where Forever Manchester is testing the theory and developing the practice at a neighbourhood level, through our community building team.

This workshop will teach you the theory and practical tools required to implement Asset Based Community Development. You will be equipped to start a different conversation with residents and quickly see the neighbourhood through a new lens, focusing on the skills and strengths instead of focusing on needs and what is lacking.

Thursday 5th February 2015, 10am – 4pm
Introduction to Asset Based Community Development
Manchester Conference Centre,
Sackville Street,
Manchester M1 3BB, UK

£90 (+VAT) per person with lunch and refreshments provided.

The Introduction to ABCD Workshop is kindly sponsored by Voicescape

If you are interested in the Asset Based Community Development approach and wish to attend the workshop please sign up below. Alternatively email for more details.