Partnership and Engagement
We have a dedicated and enthusiastic Partnership and Engagement team at Gloucester City Council whose role is to:
- Reduce the number of people who feel lonely or isolated
- Increase the number of community groups and organisations
- Increase the number of people who contribute to community groups or organisations
- Support new communities
- Increase the number of people engaged in education, volunteering or paid work.
- Gareth Hooper - Senior Partner and Engagement Officer
- Verona Vidal - Partnership and Engagement Officer
- Isobel Edwards - Partnership and Engagement Officer
We also have 3 Community Builders; John in Kingsway and Amy and Hayley in Matson and Robinswood. Their role is to work with the community to develop their assets and skills and this has been done so far by getting to know local people and creating groups and events around their interests. You can keep up to date with their work by following their Facebook pages:
Kingsway Community Builder
Community Building in Matson and Robinswood
A lot of the work we do has an asset based approach
What is it?
Asset based community development is where we focus on what is STRONG in a community and not what is WRONG. For the past 40 years services like us have tried to find solutions for the problems in our communities rather than discover and support the strengths and passions that already exist.
The idea for ABCD emerged in the USA in the early nineties by the ABCD institute and has made its way to Europe thanks to Consultants’ Nurture Development, who formed in 1996.
How does it work?
By linking up the skills of local residents with the power of local associations and the support of local organisations we can create stronger more sustainable communities for the future.
Cormac Russell, Managing Director of Nurture Development, explaining ABCD.
How does Gloucester City Council fit into this?
If you would like to find out more about ABCD click on the links below.