Price: Invitation
Event Organiser: Rebecca Goodbourn
NPC, 185 park Street, London, SE1 9BL

This roundtable will explore what it really means to be taking an asset-based approach.

NPC’s State of the Sector research uncovered a growing interest from charities in models that concentrate on working with individual strengths and community networks to support communities to make change for themselves, rather than directly fixing problems.

Following on from the research this roundtable will explore what it really means to be taking an asset-based approach. We’ll be joined by experienced practitioners to discuss what it is, how to do it well and what barriers are facing organisations to apply it in their work.


Asset-based approaches, are increasingly being seen as the solution in a time of limited resources, a retreating state and persistent social problems. According to the findings of our State of the Sector research, two thirds of charity leaders see community networks as an important resource for delivering their mission and more than half are involving services users in delivering services. Many expect to be spending more of their time on building community capacity over the next 3 years.

But does the reality match the rhetoric? What do we really mean when we talk about asset-based approaches and building community capacity? How do we do it well, and what are the pitfalls to avoid? Is this really the answer to all our problems?

NPC will bring together practitioners working in a range of areas from youth to health to housing to explore the core elements of asset-based approaches and what they can offer the wider charity sector.

  • What does it mean to ‘do’ asset-based working?
  • When can it add value?
  • How does it affect individuals, communities, organisations and systems?
  • How might asset-based working shape your organisation?

Speakers will include:

  • Maff Potts, Camerados
  • Lynn Mumford, Mayday Trust
  • Colin Falconer, InspireChilli
  • Kristina Glenn, Cripplegate Foundation

The Venue

NPC, 185 park Street, London, SE1 9BL
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