‘Building on assets’ is the term the Institute for Voluntary Action Research have used to describe how Local Trust supports sustainable community development.
Their research demonstrates that in Big Local, four kinds of assets are recognised:
The research finds that we build on these assets in two ways:
The research also describes:
The researchers identify that building on assets goes hand in hand with our ‘resident-led’ approach. We do not impose solutions from outside; we grow residents as assets themselves, trusting that they can lead. The researchers conclude that:
“The learning that is emerging from Local Trust’s experience of adopting this approach will be crucial not only to the future of Big Local but to community development elsewhere.”