A learning site is a living expression of ABCD in Action. Nurture Development has supported the growth of 15 Learning Sites in more than 60 neighbourhoods across the UK and 30 sites across Australia, with interest growing in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.
Nurture Development offer support, guidance, training and mentoring in three key areas; field work and training, strategic support and project development. The emphasis is on genuine and deep community building, partnership development and sustainable change. Typically, our Learning Site offer spans two consecutive years and approximately 24 days of input. In many instances, it develops into a longer-term relationship.
A Nurture Development supported Learning Site is comprised of up to three neighbourhoods across a given locality. The core aim is to nurture and create space for grassroots, citizen-led efforts towards change to prevail. There are four main constituents that make up a learning site:
Sponsor – an organisation able to the fund learning process, including the recruitment of a Community Animator e.g. Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Housing Organisations, Fire services, Police, Local Hospitals, Prisons, Community Foundation or Clinical Commissioning Groups
Host – an organisation rooted in the neighbourhood that understands the local context and has enough structure to recruit and support a Community Animator e.g. Neighbourhood Association or Faith Organisation.
Community Animator – employed by the host association/organisation to support local community and economic building; accountable to the local community whom they serve.
Community – The process is welcomed by the community and there are 8-15 residents committed to forming an initiating group and willing to host conversations with other residents.
Over two to three years of deep and committed practice, participating local neighbourhood(s), community animators and host organisations and associations will have done the following:
Jennine Bailey has brought ABCD practice to life for people in a governance role. She is constructive and brings liveliness with whoever she works with.
Nurture Development is very flexible, adaptable and nothing is ever a problem. They will support you in any way to meet your aims and objectives.
Paul Macey is a natural in stimulating meaningful conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders within communities.
The openness and integrity of Nurture Development is an example for many of us seeking to serve the communities of which we are a part.
Nurture Development support has been invaluable in helping us to reflect on our practice and encouraging us when we have hit a stumbling block.
The work of Nurture Development offers genuinely transformative ways forward for communities and local authorities across the country.”
It is impossible to see how ABCD could be delivered in a credible way without the support, knowledge skill and experience that Nurture and Cormac bring.
Nurture Development is uniquely placed to provide thought leadership and practical support in promoting more place based, citizen centred approaches throughout the UK and beyond.