Community Asset Building
Social connections within communities
buzz aims to contribute to an increase in healthy life expectancy and reduction of health inequalities in Manchester by using asset based approaches to unlock the power and potential of communities to tackle the underlying causes of ill health.
- Increasing social capital and connectedness within neighbourhoods and communities can have a positive influence on health outcomes.
- Increasing opportunities for social connection enhances resilience, giving people more skills to cope with adversity.
- Increased participation and sense of control over an individual's life, contributes to physical and mental wellbeing.
Therefore connecting people in Manchester to the assets within communities and increasing participation is a central focus for the Neighbourhood Health Workers.
Putting communities in control
As a service we have adopted an asset based approach to community development. This approach empowers communities, placing value on what works well and views individuals and communities as 'co-producers' of their health and wellbeing, not just the recipients of services.
The community asset building function is delivered by six Neighbourhood Health Workers and three Senior Neighbourhood Health Workers.
For more information on Community Asset Building please contact 0161 271 0505
Welcome to buzz Community Asset Maps
Asset mapping provides information about the strengths and resources of a community and can help uncover solutions. Once community strengths and resources are identified and depicted in a map or a list, you can more easily think about how to build on these assets to address community needs and improve health.
Below are Community Asset Maps for North, Central and South areas of Manchester developed by buzz Neighbourhood Health Workers.