The people we support in services are often socially isolated. At the same time, there is considerable research that shows that social relationships are critical to our physical, mental and economic wellbeing. Our goal is to facilitate connections that will develop into friendships and meaningful relationships.
We use the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) framework that was created by John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann at Northwestern University. This method focuses on catalyzing the gifts or assets that are inherent in every person and in every neighbourhood and connecting people.
We are essentially trying to do 2 things:
Enhance social inclusion by increasing unpaid networks of support (friends!) around people, connecting them to activities and associations in their neighbourhoods, and where possible, reducing dependence on professional support systems.
Grow and thicken the ties of community and connection wherever we go.