This is a resource tool and should be used as such – to be read and applied. You may want to read the entire content once to get a sense of the whole document but can go back to each principle, practice it and further expand your knowledge and experience.
If you consider yourself in the role of a teacher or facilitator – read this with a view to sharing or discussing the principles in this tool kit with someone else in the immediate future.
It is hoped that the ideas found in resource kit will assist local communities to develop themselves and build a solid future by acknowledging people as their major resource. It also has the potential to be adapted by and for community groups, practitioners and policy makers who may wish to develop this work in the wider Australian context.
The material in this toolkit is divided into user-friendly sections and offers a range of resources to support strengths-focused community building. As each community is unique, this is not a document to be used as a step-by-step guide; it is made to be flexible according to how far your activity, idea or project has progressed. In addition, the steps in the engagement and mapping guide offer a pathway but are also flexible in approach according to context and level of engagement.
Acknowledgement: This toolkit draws heavily from the work of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at the School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, USA. We thankfully acknowledge the Institute.