ABCD – Asset-based Community Development

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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’s ABCD Work: Touchstone hosts a project supporting organisations looking to adopt asset-based community development 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.

ABCD Training: We deliver free ABCD Training for organisations and practitioners looking to adopt ABCD across Leeds. If you are interested please email

ABCD Community Builder: As part of this project Touchstone are also hosting a ABCD Community Builder in Lincoln Green from June 2019. Community Builders are one of the building blocks to ABCD and there is a exciting network of Communitiy Builders operating in localities around Leeds, funded by Leeds City Council. We are really excited to seeing what brilliant stuff the new Community Builder for Lincoln Green will get up too! If you would like more information please get in touch with Louie on

Twitter:  @ABCD_in_Leeds

ABCD Practitioners Network: We host a monthly party for ABCD Practitioners to come together and share stories of ABCD and its application locally. These sessions are open to anyone delivering work using the principles of ABCD across Leeds and attendees will share knowledge and learn together across a local network.

The dates for the ABCD Practitioners Network are as follows:

19th June
17th July
21st August
25th September
23rd October
27th November
11th December

Sessions take place at Touchstone House, 2-4pm. Details subject to change. Please email ahead of the meeting to make sure no changes to the venue or time have been applied.