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Asset-based community development, put very simply, is a bottom up approach to working with communities that starts from a place that celebrates the strengths and assets communities have to draw from rather than starting from a point of focusing on what is wrong in communities and needs fixing.

By starting from what is what is strong rather than what is wrong, asset-based community development offers an opportunity to build on the skills of local residents and ensures the power of local associations is recognised.

ABCD helps us identify when supportive functions of local institutions are called for and gives back ownership of local change to the people on the ground in their neighbourhoods and communities.

Asset-based community development draws upon existing community bonds to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

Touchstone in partnership with Leeds City Council hosts a project supporting organisations looking to adopt asset-based community development approaches across Leeds. Through hosting workshops, training, asset mapping, networking opportunities and celebration events we aim to deepen understanding of ABCD practise and develop a shared local language for what this innovative approach means for the city of Leeds.