Council has been working in collaboration with Nurture Development over the last two years implementing Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) within the local authority area. Nurture, as an organisation has shown through that period that they are remarkably supportive, innovative and passionate about their role in stimulating community development, and totally committed to the vision that informs ABCD.
In Cormac Russell, Nurture has a very charismatic, strong and empathetic leader, an individual who is able to inspire and inform across a very broad audience, comfortable talking to professionals who are leaders in their field but also able to reach people who are at the margins, in an intimate community setting.
ABCD advocates community development that is bottom up and sustainable. The role of professionals within this context is clearly one of initial leadership and stimuli, however there is also a robust expectation that the community take control of the process and embed the practice to ensure ongoing resilience.
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 to bear on the issue.
If you believe, as we do in Thurrock, in the principles of ABCD, that is strength rather than need, gift giving and reciprocity, active citizens not passive recipients and power vested in those that can do the most good; then it is difficult to see how this vision for cultural change and innovation could be made real and sustainable without the support of Nurture Development.