Asset-based and strengths-based community initiatives in the UK

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There is growing interest in the contribution of asset- and strengths-based activities within social and community development. Asset-based approaches focus on people’s and communities’ assets (their capacities, resources and networks) as well as their needs. At an individual level, it entails assessments and conversations emphasising personal and community strengths rather than deficits.1 The aim of this brief article is to overview a number of initiatives across the UK and discuss the challenges in embedding them within local settings. The discussion proceeds as follows. First, an overview of the prevailing policy context within which community development and associated initiatives have emerged. Second, a discussion of the values and aspirations framing such initiatives. Third, the paper review a range of initiatives. Fourth, it examines the future development of such activities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Social Security Review
Issue numberWinter
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2019

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