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ABCD Training

Find out about the range of training we offer

Health & Wellbeing

These workshops are for change makers who want to elevate the status and function of ‘connected communities’ as agents of health production as well as social, economic and environmental change.

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Two Day ABCD Workshop

Building on the One Day ABCD Workshop, this training delves into the practical application and implementation of the approach, providing more in-depth training in the use of specific tools. 

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One Day ABCD Workshop

This training provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of Asset Based Community Development. It brings together the ABCD Institute’s 30 years of community development research in the USA, with Nurture Development’s 20 years of international research and practical experience of community development and pioneering approaches in other strength based work.

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Recovery & ABCD

Want to understand the contribution that ABCD can make to Recovery in the neighbourhood where you live/work? This training will enable you to take ABCD into action in living neighbourhoods in a way that is respectful of the local context and ultimately create safer, healthier, more economically and environmentally vibrant places to live and to recover.

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Whole Community Transformation

In these workshops we show you how to use your resources to work at neighbourhood level to connect people, shifting from a focus on separate targets groups, such as the frail elderly, youth at risk, ex prisoner etc.

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Latest Activities

  • A place to thrive
    Read our Drink & Drugs News article promoting a 'whole community approach' to recovery
  • Webinars 2014
    We have an exciting series of Webinars throughout 2014. Register now & join the discussions.
  • ABCD Talent Quest
    Do you have what it takes to join our team? Check out the details of our Talent Quest and get in touch if you think so!
  • Children 1st Annual Lecture
    December 2013: Cormac delivered the annual lecture for Children 1st in Scotland. Watch the videos of his address.
  • Global Health Futures
    November 2013: Cormac delivered a presentation on ABCD & Health at the Global Health Futures in Bangalore.
  • Keynote address: Creating synergies for health
    July 2013: Cormac Russell and Bengt Lindström gave a keynote to the ETC Course in Girona
  • Transforming Lives! Reshaping services for a changing society
    June 2013: presenting the ABCD approach to community development, moving from what's wrong to what's strong.
  • Talking Local Area Coordination in Scotland
    March 2013: Cormac was delighted to spend the day with Local Area Coordinators from across Scotland, at the National Gathering, in Edinburgh.
  • Strengthening families through community
    March 2013: Cormac delivered a keynote address & training workshop to the 'Aggregating Community Help to Strengthen Families' conference in Singapore