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ABCD: Connectors, Conductors & Circuit Breakers

This is the first of 3 blogs in which Cormac will be exploring issues of citizenship, power and democracy and what these mean to asset based community development.

Recently an ABCD Community Builder in Gloucestershire commented that in the neighbourhoods where he works there are three kinds of people:

1. Connectors: those that bring people and energy together.

2. Conductors: those that constructively hold negative energy and creative tensions and either help others channel these in a positive direction (like lightening rods) or ‘earth’ them… In other words bring them to ground before someone ‘blows a fuse’.

3. The third he described as Circuit Breakers. These are people, institutions and sometimes places that break connections and the flow of energy, sometimes with very negative consequences, but often, even in the apparent negativity, they create new learning that can’t be experienced by going with the flow.

I have come to understand that there are two kinds of Circuit Breakers; those that are ‘radical’ and those that are ‘reductive’. Radical Circuit Breakers call us to seldom seen places, they are the innovators, they occupy the fringe, and they goad us away from the quick fix, short-term solutions. Their focus is outward; they are not self-serving.

Then there are Reductive Circuit Breakers who are progressively ‘inward’ and competitive in their approach, they are people, organisations, and places that draw energy from others for their own ends, they block progress that doesn’t grow their personal or organisational ‘ego’.

I would add ‘Dynamos’ and ‘Spare Fuses’ to the Community Builders’ list. Dynamos are leaders who focus on setting a direction on issues of the day and on growing a following behind them and their route of travel, often in that order, though some do it in reverse. Like dynamos they fire people up and direct collective energy towards collective action.

Spare Fuses are hugely important, but often are hidden away in drawers or presses on with other ‘bits and bobs’ that will ‘come in handy someday’. These represent the people we have rendered invisible. While their value is broadly affirmed, and as right thinking people we all agree they have strengths, we just can’t find a use for their contribution ‘today’. Their contributions lay dormant, hidden behind labels, that make it hard for them and others to see their true worth, but we all know the day will come when we won’t be able to get by without them. When that day comes, amid a blackout or the like, that Spare Fuse will be rooted out from some dark corner (with trepidation – what if it doesn’t work anymore?) and inserted to or through requisite device to restore light again.

Whether a neighbourhood of strangers transforms into a community of neighbours is largely contingent on how the energy flows between:

1. The people living there and their associations

2. The place and the ecology of the place

3. The agencies (for profit, not for profit, governmental)

4. The economy

5. The various cultures and heritages characteristic of the place

6. Political influences

To aid that flow we need Connectors, Conductors, Dynamos, Spare Fuses and yes even Circuit Breakers. The challenge is supporting them to work on common ground and to negotiate uncommon ground (where often the most creative ideas reside) in a way that is collaborative, not competitive.

This is what we are trying to learn about in each of our learning sites in Gloucestershire, Leeds, Kirklees, Torbay, Croydon (in the UK) as well as Kigali in Rwanda, and what we have been learning about since 1996, in various other communities all over the world. While the dynamic varies everywhere we go, we are finding a consistent set of roles emerging, analogous to the Connectors, Conductors, Circuit Breakers, Dynamos and Spare Fuses described above.

Our role at Nurture Development in helping people to navigate this terrain is threefold; in understanding what grows community power and how it is best channelled, in recognising the external forces that might jeopardise the flow of the power, and in creating the conditions, through ABCD, in which community power can flourish. These are issues picked up and explored in the next two blogs in this short series and we hope you will engage and contribute to the shared learning.

Cormac Russell

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The Canary in the Coalmine: personalisation, deinstitutionalisation & communitalisation

The following is a piece of imaginative writing, with no recourse to the historical facts. But I would ask the reader not to let the absence of fact get in the way of the story, because ‘non-fact’ should not be confused with fiction, this is no more or less than a story…in that regard it is both really real, and truly true.

Recently the Canary Times reported on the hidden dangers of ‘independent living’ for once institutionalised Canaries. They noted how well intentioned professionals have been endeavouring to shut down old institutions/care homes/sheltered placements and to support individual canaries to live in the ‘community’. The article interviewed ten individual canaries; all who reported feeling isolated and disconnected from the wider ‘community’. The article was entitled: ‘State fails Canaries: Independent living = lonely living’.

Squawk’s story was one of the more heart rending of those shared by the interviewees. Having spent his younger years in the mines and suffering irreparable lung and brain damage, he was institutionalised for over 20 years. After two decades of living in a ‘unit’ he was told it was closing down, and that he was moving to live in a community house. He moved to live with three other canaries in a rented house in a neighbourhood, far from the institution and the mines where he had spent his first 20 years – first as a chick in the original neighbourhood near the mines where he was raised and then as a ‘prophet of doom’ – in the belly of the mines.

Within days of arriving into the neighbourhood where the ‘community house’ was located he experienced a spate of very serious physical and verbal assaults that resulted in hospitalisation and a deterioration of his mental health. While he remained clear on what a ‘good life’ would look like for him, he was unconvinced that a good and competent community existed at the end of that rainbow. Squawk had this to say:

“Years ago they brought us down the mines and let many of us die, then they found a conscience and started using respirators to resuscitate us before the point of no return. That’s my story; I’m the comeback canary! Then they put us in institutions to deal with our ‘funny behaviours’ most of which were actually caused by the gas in those mines. Now they tell us we are free, free as a bird, to live independent, integrated, normalised lives. But we are now in a new mine, exposed to a new gas, a social gas, called ‘isolation’ that leaks profusely, filling the social voids (loneliness) that exist all around but especially in a our neighbourhoods. Sometimes those gases are toxic, and that’s when you get hate crime.”

The practice of using canaries as early warning devices in coalmines was phased out, at least in the U.S. and the U.K., by the late 20th century. But at its height the practice saw the consequent deaths of tens of thousands of these beautiful birds.

Some of the other canaries interviewed for the article recalled the days before the ‘phasing out’ when animal rights activists and right-minded people more generally created enough of a hue and cry to finally end this cruel practice. As canaries grew in power and various state legislators took up their cause, state inquiries followed, academics wrote learned treatises on the matters at hand, and the nuances of the underlying issues; three additional new bodies of professionals emerged, one tasked with the job of lobbying for greater reforms, the other to capacity build canaries to more effectively interface with Government and the Corporate Sector on consumer rights. Third were professional helpers who conducted needs assessments.

Polly the oldest of the canaries interviewed for the article resides in a supported living unit; she commented on how

“each assessment they carried out always concluded that what canaries needed, were more of their professional services. It got to the stage where my friends and I lost track of all of the diagnostic labels, it was as if the remedy was defining the ailment and not the other way around. Sometimes I wondered who needed whom? Sometimes out of pure boredom we used to compete with each other to see who had the most labels and who had the worst of them. It became like a reverse beauty contest where the most deficit won.”

Polly went on to say:

“over the years I moved from being a canary to being a client, then to being a patient, then an end-user, now it seems I am an expert by experience, and I am being asked to sit on various committees to advise them how to be better paid experts, I get travel expenses and nice lunches, which is nice…. I suppose.”

Still the article suggests a significant minority of canaries are arguing on the now familiar self-advocacy platform: ‘nothing for us, without us, is about us’. They feel under represented. Tansy, another of the interviewees, was a prominent voice for the movement in the 60s, she told how they didn’t just fight capitalism, they fought consumerism.

“If you want to see big institutions go to the Soviet Union, we were fighting systems that commoditised people, places and ecology. It seems of late we Canaries have become a commodity, or at least our needs have. As the great Industries of times gone by feed on coal, it seems our service based economy feeds on needs, as Iron Ore is to the steel industry, so needs are to the helping professions…they need our needs, this is the battle ground, and it is a wholly political issue.”

The article sought comment from the Minister for Canaries (who is not himself a Canary). While he was not available to comment a spokesperson had this to say:

‘Canaries like Polly have become politicised, they fail to see the progress that successive governments have made on these issues, and the benefits that industry reforms have brought about. The current administration stands behind its exemplary record on the deinstitutionalisation, and personalisation. Canaries have a right to live independent lives, and fringe minority groups with no political mandate should not claim to speak for these individuals when the evidence speaks for itself, people do not want to be in institutions, they want to live in communities.’

Interviewees were all in agreement that deinstitutionalisation and personal budgets are fundamental good things, indeed they are essential, but they are not sufficient. In responding to the spokesperson’s comment Polly simply pointed out:

“Canaries don’t just want independent lives, they want interdependent lives.”

3 legged stoolAs this debate gathers pace I am noticing various sides taking pot shots at personalisation and deinstitutionalisation. This makes about as much sense as critiquing the remaining two legs (personalisation and deinstitutionalisation) of a three-legged stool, instead of replacing the missing third leg. The third leg being community.

But that third leg is perhaps the most important part. Deinstitutionalisation and personalisation, while essential, will never be sufficient without communitalisation. If ending loneliness is your question, community building is an essential part of the answer. Just as with canaries, providing lonely people with professional services and programmes is no substitute for a connected and mutually supportive community. Resuscitating canaries is no substitute for returning them to the jungle, or at least changing the conditions. And aggregating people in programmes in accordance with their needs with others of the same needs (analogous to resuscitation), is no surrogate for supporting people to have a life of their own choosing. Neighbourhoods provide us the perfect context for this and Asset Based Community Development provides us with a rich perspective that illuminates the path ahead. Community Building provides us with the practical steps to make actionable change on the street where we live.

Cormac Russell


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Are we all addicted?

You’ve probably heard people state that addiction is blind to status, fortune, and situation. It’s often said when talking about drug or alcohol addiction and you’ll be directed to the sad deaths of the rich and famous to make the point all the more resonant, offering a stark alternative to the stereotypical image of the gaunt, penniless, criminal heroin addict so often depicted.

The statement may in fact be truer than we realise at first. Read, for example, Bruce Alexander’s The Globalization of Addiction and you will find a compelling narrative that sets out how, in today’s post-modern world, most of us have ‘severe addictions’. They may not be addictions to drugs or alcohol but that doesn’t necessarily make them any less dangerous. The growth in ‘the compulsion for money, power, work, food, or material goods’ is our preoccupation as individuals and as a nation. They are our addictions… and little we do seems to be having a significant impact.

I’m drawn to Alexander’s work largely as it recognises addiction, as well as recovery, as a social issue that cannot be divorced from a broader social and economic context that concerns us all. And as such, it requires a whole community response that doesn’t simply focus on a single issue whether that’s recovery, well-being, mental or physical health, and so on. He points to the ‘four pillars’ of traditional responses to substance misuse as an example: treatment, prevention, law enforcement and harm reduction. They have ultimately failed and we need a radically different approach.

Unsurprisingly, I think that’s what ABCD offers; a radically different approach that focusses on community building – not ‘Recovery Community’ building – as a method for individuals and whole community transformation. It is an approach that speaks to the broader social and economic contexts in which people develop addictions and recover from them. It’s an approach that asks, if we’re all addicted then don’t we all need to recover?

These are big issues for exploration and we’re looking forward to pursuing them through our growing community-based work across the UK, our training and our online and offline discussions. I hope you will be part of our exploration!

Becs Daddow


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ABCD Talent Quest

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

It might seem strange to start a talent quest with Aristotle. But read on and you’ll see that in fact there are few better places to start.

Aristotle, in describing people of influence, identified those who have just the right mix of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. In modern lingo:

1. Ethos is about operating to a set of values – walking the talk

2. Pathos means emotional intelligence and empathy

3. Logos relates to knowledge, know-how and innovation.

Going back as far as Aristotle makes the point that we’ve known the qualities needed to influence change for a long time. And we agree with good old Aristotle, but at Nurture Development we are not just looking for someone with that mix, we also want people on our team who have Telos: a vision for a better world.

We’re not done yet… we have one more to add! We are also looking for people who believe in Demos, which literally means ‘the common people’. We want people who are passionate about citizen-led action for change, people who still believe that democracy works and that people can come together to effect transformational change. We want people who are more invested in collective rather than individual change.

So in old language, at Nurture Development we are all trying our best to grow a mix between Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Telos and Demos.

Most of the time we fall short, but we’re having a good time trying. We are looking for others who want to help us grow these characteristics as an organisation and to help us achieve our ambition as an Asset-based Training, Research and Development organisation.

Our ambition? Over the next 30 years we want to help create the conditions for a skilled ABCD Community Builder to work in every neighbourhood in Europe.

Why? We believe that to realise our vision for a better more connected world we need to start where people live their lives, in neighbourhoods, supporting people to use what they have to secure what they want, in a way that includes everyone.

How? By helping the principles and practices of Asset-based Community Development proliferate.

Where first? To attain this vision in a way that is truly community-led, we want to spend the next 10 years supporting the establishment of Asset-based Community Development in every neighbourhood in the United Kingdom. We have already started in Gloucestershire, Croydon, Torbay, Leeds, Derby, Kirklees, and soon in Thurrock.

The opportunity? We are looking to recruit a new full-time member of staff, primarily to help us with our work in Gloucestershire, though they will also be working elsewhere.

Our recruitment process reflects the importance we place on relationships. Interviews can only tell you so much. So if you’d like to contribute to our change-making efforts, we’d like to invite you to join us for an Open Day Event on 3 March in Gloucestershire. This will be a semi-structured day where you’ll learn a lot more about Nurture Development, our passion for ABCD and the work we do on the ground, and we will have the opportunity to really get to know what makes you tick.

If this is of interest, please send us something that tells us why you feel you must come and meet us. You can be as creative as you like in what you submit; send us a blog, a video, an audio recording, an email, a story, or whatever you feel will communicate why you must be part of this. Send your submission to Cormac Russell at info@nurturedevelopment.org. Your submission will be reviewed by the Nurture Development team and, if we feel there is a connection, we’ll invite you along to our Open Day.

Deadline for submissions:  Friday 14 February

You may not feel you have all the qualities or sufficient experience to apply; to be honest when we re-read this as a team at Nurture Development, we didn’t either. But don’t be put off; if you can see even a portion of these qualities within yourself and have the commitment and vision to see them grow, then we want to hear from you!!! Think of us as fellow travellers, or learning companions with room on-board for those who click with us.

Now listen to your gut! Is this for you?

Please see accompanying documents for further information:

1. Job Description – ABCD Coach

2. Person Specification – ABCD Coach

3. FAQ – Barnwood Trust

What happens next?

  • Should you be invited along to the Open Day you will receive joining instructions by email, which will explain the purpose and content of the open day and other relevant information
  • You will be contacted shortly after the Open Day to let you know if you have been shortlisted. If you have been shortlisted, we will arrange a final telephone interview with you.

If you require any of this information in a different format, please contact info@nurturedevelopment.org and tell us what you need.

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Recovery, transformation and justice through an ABCD lens

Finding genuine community alternatives to prison sentences and other custodial programmes that transform the lives of the people who committed the crimes, their victims, their families and the wider community, is near the top of Nurture Development’s agenda.

We all know that justice is not a product that can be unilaterally dispensed by law enforcement or the judiciary. It is simply not within the power of the Police, judiciary, the prison service, probation or any other professional to rehabilitate people and produce more just societies which is fundamentally about tackling issues of poverty and health inequality. These are issues of social justice, more so than criminal justice, and their complexity demands a community-wide response.

Similarly, we know that the recovery journey is essentially a whole community challenge; that recovery capital does not reside within an individual alone, or in the professional services they receive, but is found, nurtured, strengthened and reinforced by friends, neighbours and wider communities.

In short it takes a village to create and sustain the conditions for recovery, transformation and justice.

Nurture Development is passionate about contributing to radically tackling these challenges and I am really pleased that Rebecca Daddow has agreed to bring her experience; heart felt commitment and leadership to this challenge, as Nurture Development’s Recovery and Justice Lead.

Read on as Rebecca introduces her new role. Welcome on board Becs!

Cormac Russell

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I’m yet to find a sector, topic, organisation or community in which ABCD cannot be applied. It’s the beauty of the approach. Its relevance to everyone and to pretty much anything in our communities, means that we – Nurture Development – are invited to train and create and implement development programmes with those who have a primary interest in a whole range of areas including mental health, vulnerable young people, system change, probation, disabilities, environment, well-being, prisons, organisational transformation, co-production… You name it and we’ve probably brought ABCD to it in some way.

Our door remains open to anyone wishing to learn more about – and apply – ABCD in their community. But my work will be more focussed; placing the ABCD lens over 2 specific areas that have featured significantly in my research and practical work for the last 6 years:

1. Recovery; primarily from drug and alcohol misuse

2. Justice; primarily criminal justice, looking at meaningful community alternatives to traditional models of desistance and rehabilitation

It won’t be the first time that ABCD has been brought into these areas. There are some fantastic examples of ABCD in action within recovery communities, and, in regards to criminal justice, the Scottish Prison Service has been open about its incorporation of ABCD in its strategic priorities for 2014 onwards.

We have been thrilled to be part of many of these developments to date and we want to build on them. There is so much potential in ABCD to invigorate and catalyse positive change within individuals and communities in ways that will support sustainable transformation.

Keep up with our thinking, ideas and developments here on our blog or via our Twitter feed. And if you would like to discuss training opportunities or possible collaboration, email me at rebecca@nurturedevelopment.org.

Rebecca Daddow


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A new year’s message for Governments… the ABCD way

As we look toward the year ahead a thought for central and local Governments:

  • There are things that only a community can do – so get out of their way.
  • There are things that a community can do, with some help – so offer to help.
  • There are things that only government can do – so do them.

That’s what will make for a happier and more sustaining New Year for everyone.

Cormac Russell


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My ABCD year & Christmas wish to all

As 2013 comes to its end, I look back with great pride on a year of big hopes and very practical actions realised. I thought I would use my final blog of the year to share these with you and reflect on the learning that can be drawn from them. So read on for a whistle-stop tour of my ABCD year across the world…

Croydon

Our strategic work with Croydon Council and Croydon Voluntary Action, along with their partners, is proof of the extent to which agencies can work towards supporting citizen-led action. It became the first site in the UK to commission an ABCD Community Builder (Paul Macey) in April 2011, setting a trend that others have followed. Paul was quickly joined by a second Community Builder, Jennine Bailey.

Jennine Bailey & Paul Macey with Martin Simon

Jennine Bailey & Paul Macey with Martin Simon

It has been a pleasure working with both Paul and Jennine and to see them and their community flourish;

  • Jennine discovered 76 connectors in three neighbourhoods, who in turn established 77 new citizen-led groups who are actively working together towards actionable change
  • Paul is co-ordinating a Big Lottery funded initiative, Working Families in Croydon, using an asset based approach

Both of these ABCD initiatives have drawn deservedly positive national and international attention. We’re really looking forward to building on these efforts in the New Year.

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is the site of an immensely ambitious ABCD process, supported by the Barnwood Trust. Nurture Development has spent much of this year providing mentoring and learning support to 6 neighbourhoods. Each of these neighbourhoods will has its own dedicated Community Builder(s) over the next couple of years. A further two neighbourhoods are expected to come on stream in 2014.

Early signs are hugely encouraging with each neighbourhood working through our 6 Stepping Stones framework find connectors, identify passions, assets and resources and link them together to create lasting change.

In partnership with the Barnwood Trust, we have also established strategic relationships with Public Health, Policing; Community Housing; Social care and many others. It has been important to engage at the systems level; our work here has proven that if you only work in neighbourhoods and not also with institutions (to support them to lead by stepping back), then you’ll miss a trick.

My experience in Europe over the years has taught me that if you only work ‘on the ground’, eventually the community gardens, green walks to school, and beautiful orchids, will wither in the face of increased professionalisation. Active citizenship will always shrink in the face of institutional power unless you work with citizens to step into citizen space, at the same time as helping systems to step out of it. The refusal to address that tension is at best naïve, and at worst misguided and ultimately harmful. That said, the priority must always be the street level work and ultimately it’s the voice of those citizens that will change the systems that serve them.

Helping institutions/organisations ask the following questions has been central to our work all over the world:

  1. Where are we replacing, controlling, and overwhelming the power of people to be producers and co-producers?
  2. How can we listen better to what people in citizen and community space think they can do, and what they think would be helpful from outside?

All at Nurture Development have been privileged to help a wide range of organisations to reflect on and change orientation in response to these questions.

In the UK:

  • We have worked closely with Rev Al Barret, a CoE Parish Priest from Hodgehill, and Bethany Eckley, Research Manager at the Church Urban Fund, in supporting the development of the recent publication An Asset Based Approach to Tackling Poverty
  • Our work with the Community Development Foundation led to the publication of guidelines for 600 Community First Panels as to how they may adopt an Asset Based Community Development approach. It has become one of the most downloaded documents on their site
  • One of my many highlights this year was working with TQtwentyone who serve people across Hampshire and Oxfordshire to think about a life beyond service for people with multiple labels
  • We have also been most fortunate to work closely with North Western Employers Forum and, in partnership with them, to offer Elected Members and Council Officers across the North West high quality technical assistance on the practical and strategic implications of adopting an asset based approach. We are very much looking forward to continuing this partnership and are delighted by the interest in Manchester in our rounded approach to Asset Based Community Development. In the New Year we will work with Trafford Council and Oldham Council. Both Councils are very committed to the agenda but understand the strategic and operational complexities
  • In Scotland we have addressed key policy makers in the Scottish Government, delivered the Children 1st Annual Public Lecture, and supported the Who Cares Scotland Campaign regarding the welfare of looked after children in Scotland. We have also supported Big Lottery Scotland to review its ‘Our Place’ initiative.

Outside of the UK:

  • We’ve worked with the Government of Singapore to think about the role of Community in family support and social care;
  • In the Netherlands we took part in a rally to elevate the importance of Community Building;
  • In Bangalore, in India, I had the honour of keynote at the Global Futures Conference convened by the College of Medicine, UK and SOUKYA Foundation;
  • In Girona, I had the pleasure of making many new friends at the Saultogenesis Summer School, where I delivered a keynote address on ABCD;
  • In Portugal we worked with the Permaculture movement, and other leaders in the sustainability movement, to think about community-wide change processes; and
  • Our work in Rwanda with schools in Gasabo continues to grow momentum. I have no doubt that the learning emerging from that work will have much to teach us here in Europe;
  • I also managed to squeeze in a week with John McKnight
    Cormac Russell spent a week with John McKnight & met Marion Thompson (La Leche League)

    Cormac Russell spent a week with John McKnight & met Marion Thompson (La Leche League)

    in Evanston Illinois, were we spent ten hours in recorded conversation about the heritage of ABCD;

  • I was also very pleased to be asked to address the Chief Medical Officers from across Europe in Dublin Castle earlier this year; and finally
  • To address the European Social Network 21st Annual Conference, in Dublin.

Back to England, and away from the conference podium and into living communities, what defines our work is the commitment to meaningfully occupying the gap between the neighbourhood world and systems world. The learning from Croydon and Gloucestershire, is richly added to by our work with change partners:

Our UK Learning and Working Sites

Our UK Learning and Working Sites

  • In Thurrock, where 2014 will see the recruitment of Community Builders by local communities
  • In Torbay, where three Community Builders have now been in post for eight weeks and have already discovered 47 community connectors willing to weave their community together
  • Essex County Fire service has redeployed two of their officers to become ABCD Community Builders
  • In Leeds where we are working with the Council to think about Ageing well and centrality of social capital in neighbourhoods; this is part of a European initiative
  • And very soon Kirklees will be coming on stream.

Our plan for 2014 is to have a Learning site in all regions of the UK.

What is common across all the learning sites is that they are using a consistent approach in the implementation of their work which has been developed by Nurture Development. We call the approach the 6 Stepping Stones. It is an evidence based approach of proven worth.

Another feature across the learning sites is the common evaluation framework used, which enables us to grow a base of national evidence and learning. It was true to say, a couple of years ago, that there was very little indigenous practical experience of implementing Asset Based Community Development in England. That is no longer true. What we have come to term ‘next practice’, is happening right now in neighbourhoods throughout the UK.

2013 was quite a year: over 70 workshops and keynotes were delivered to 5,000+ people, which included such a diverse range of subject matters, including public safety, public health, inclusion, children and young people, older people, social care, community housing, prison reform, recovery and many others besides. No matter the topic, the message was consistent throughout (to paraphrase Margaret Wheatley):

Whatever the question, community is an essential part of the answer.

Community Christmas Wonderland, Mason and Redwell

Community Christmas Wonderland, Mason and Redwell

Yesterday I visited a community in Matson and Robinswood in Gloucestershire. It’s one of the ABCD learning sites I made reference to earlier in this blog. There, I was reminded once again of why this work matters. In that community centre I saw the most amazing Christmas wonderland created by the local community over nine days using the gifts of hundreds of residence.

It was, without fear of contradiction, the most beautiful spectacle I’ve ever seen. A fitting end to a wonderful year!

Community Christmas Wonderland, Matson and Robinswood

Community Christmas Wonderland, Matson and Robinswood

My sincere thanks to everyone I have had the privilege to work with and learn from in 2013, for your belief in the potential of inclusive communities, where everyone’s gifts can be given and received.

May you enjoy the best that community has to offer over this festive season!

Have a great holiday,

Cormac and all at Nurture Development