The deeper and more impactful the community building practice, the more critical sustainability and legacy become. Our ABCD Guide training brings together local practitioners from within a locality, building their knowledge and understanding of ABCD principles and connecting them together so that they can support each other and others locally in reflecting on their own practice, creating local legacy and proliferating good practice.
As our Senior Associate, Tom Dewar would say “There is no map, only a compass.” Trained ABCD Guides offer direction to those at the beginnings of their community building journey. We aspire to train and support ABCD Guides across localities in the UK and Europe.
Since its inception, we have trained over 45 ABCD Guides in Leeds, Bristol and Kirklees.
ABCD Guide training is delivered over 5 sessions, normally spread over the course of a three months. The course involves the following modules;
*Each participant is asked to complete a simple field assignment during the duration of the course; engaging with a neighbour where they live. We value the importance of building community at home and in the neighborhoods we serve.
Participants who are successful in completing the ABCD Guide Training will be able to do the following with confidence;
Commissioning ABCD guide training creates a local legacy in effective ABCD Practice. A cohort of ABCD guides will have the ability to support the growth of ABCD in practice across the locality. Joining a national network, ABCD Guides benefit from online connection through the ABCD Learning Commons and Nurture Development hosted ABCD Guide gatherings.
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The course inspired me to get involved directly in my own community and on the back of that I've meet some great people. It also taught me of how much can be done without rushing to form organisations. Just Do It is sometimes the best way and it sparks interest and support which quickly morphs to other projects.
I think it’s also really important that as guides that we continue to practice ABCD in our own neighbourhoods (even on a small scale) so that we can talk about it in an authentic way
We want more citizen-led action to be happening across Bristol