Growing Community Resilience in East Sussex
The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health East Sussex, ‘Growing Community Resilience in East Sussex’ (DPH Report 2014/15) outlined the benefits of developing strong or resilient communities to improve health outcomes for local people. It recommended that partners come together to build on communities’ strengths and the energy of the people (rather than focusing on weaknesses); this is known as an ‘asset based approach’.
A multi-agency partnership was set up – the Community Resilience Steering Group- made up of local NHS commissioners, the County Council (ESCC) and the voluntary and community sector, and led and supported by ESCC Public Health. The Steering Group identified that the first step in developing a local approach to growing community resilience was to engage communities, using an asset based approach. A partnership of local voluntary organisations (The CVS Partnership) was commissioned to undertake comprehensive engagement activity to inform key priorities for the programme. The CVS Partnership worked with an external organization Asset Based Consulting (ABC), and with a multi-agency communications and engagement group set up to oversee and support. A team of facilitators from across voluntary and statutory organisations were trained in asset based techniques to make sure as many organisations and people as possible were reached. Between March and May 2016, an impressive 1,500 people across East Sussex got involved in the East Sussex Community Resilience Programme, using innovative ways of identifying and building on the unique strengths in communities.
To read the results and following action please download the full report here