De-Mythologising the Asset Based approach – Workshop events on the 4th July and 20th November 2018


Demythologising the Asset Based approach and using it to reform practice.

Moving at the speed of trust / Leadership by stepping back

 Why would you come to this workshop?

  • Informing social prescription.
  • Involving funding streams for enterprise.
  • How community currency works.
  • Being risk takers.
  • Stronger outcomes for less money.
  • Building resilience.
  • Changing the nature of the relationship with public bodies.


  • Introduction to the concept of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD).
  • The journey of the COP (Communities of Practice).
  • Where did Community Organising come from?
  • The methodology, process of community organising.
  • Moving people into action.
  • A journey as a life coach.
  • ABCD in practice and case Studies.
  • Demonstrating social value
  • Connect Us Wirral perspectives
  • A word from the commissioners.
  • The changing relations between public bodies and communities.
  • Questions and Networking.

Please click here to register for these events.


Chris Shaw – Chris Shaw Community

From being a tarmac hand in the early 1980’s Chris worked from being a volunteer in a mental health charity up to being Area Manager for a national organisation and then the CEO of a medium sized mental health organisation whose work ranged from Acute ward support right through to providing therapeutic interventions for NHS Primary Care (IAPT).  He has also had several Regional mental health roles. He moved away from Formal Mental Health work in 2012/13 – after hearing a talk given by Cormac Russell on ABCD and then seeing through many nonsenses that were ingrained within formal care and Public Service models. He jumped ship in 2014 after a shift in thinking as to how many services needed (for business planning) needy people to be really needy to continue to construct commercial Service Models. He now works full time around UK at the forefront of developing Asset Based Approaches alongside Public Health, NHS Councils and Community Groups and is passionate about community outdoor activity rather than isolating individuals within indoor treatment models. He has also led on ABCD on Wirral for 4 years – and sits on several strategy groups locally, as well as chairing several key Engagement groups.

Stephanie Hughes – Wirral Development Trust

Steph started working for the trust back in 2013 when Wirral Development Trust (formerly Leasowe Development Trust) took on the role of hosting Community Organisers. She has been actively working in and around the Leasowe community ever since.   She is now a full time Community Organiser, training and supporting people from all communities across Wirral in the process of Community Organising, since 2017 Steph has been delivering accredited training on the community organising additionally developing further sessions focusing deeper on Power, Listening and action.  Steph has worked with communities across Wirral to promote social action and bring about locally routed change.


Amy Butterworth – Make it Happen.

From being homeless at 16 herself, to 6 months of supported housing, Amy then gained employment with the organisation that accommodated her.  Starting as Resident Rep, involved in tenant engagement to leading a team at management level.  As part of her personal development, Amy undertook a ‘transformational’ qualification in Coaching.  2018 has seen Amy become part of Make it Happen, which is currently part of Forum Creative Enterprise.  Amy has worked as Community Asset and Resource Developer within this branch of Forum Housing Association. She works with everyone she meets, and has persevered in linking many community organisations together. As Amy says, “…even those [organisations]you might not automatically think would work together; tend to have a common denominator.”

Micha Woodworth – Involve North West

I have volunteered and worked for a variety of organisations in different parts of the Northwest in the Third and Public Sector working often with vulnerable families. Since graduating in 2003, I have continuously sought to further my skills and knowledge through additional training, new challenges and work experiences. The different roles I have carried out employed, as a mother and on a voluntary basis have given me wealth of experience and understanding within many areas. In particular, a real insight in to the barriers and solutions there can be for individuals and communities to grow with a positive shift in language, acceptance, support and a strength based approach. I am a firm believer in people being supported to know their rights, have a voice, take ownership of their actions and be involved in decisions that impact upon them. Everyone has something to offer!

Peter Wright / Nicola Jones – Public Health Wirral Borough Council


Please note that if you are unable to attend once you have booked onto the workshop and have not given us 24 hours notice we will be invoicing your organisation for a £10 administration fee.


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