Leeds City Council has published a report looking at the progress to date of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) activity in Leeds.

The purpose of the report is:

  • To update the Executive Board on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) activity in Leeds, highlighting achievements and challenges experienced to date.
  • To provide detail on the importance of ABCD in supporting the city’s response to Covid 19, community resilience and the lessons that can be learnt from this.
  • To provide an outline plan for further proliferation of ABCD across communities in Leeds and the potential of this way of working to deliver the Council’s ambitions.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to community development that involves local people identifying and mobilising existing assets to make the social, environmental and economic changes that are important to them. It involves a shift from a top down, institution-centric approach to a bottom up, citizen centred approach.

The report evaluates evidence of the impact and outcomes of ABCD in Leeds and ways in which ABCD has supported communities. One conclusion drawn is that ABCD is fundamentally reframing the relationships between the local authority and citizens with the potential to make a significant contribution to improving the Council’s sustainability in the long term.

You can read and download the full ABCD report here.