Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness in East Suffolk
Social isolation and loneliness and their impact on people of all ages in communities across the District was the top priority for action overall across our network of Community Partnerships – six of the eight Community Partnership identified isolation and loneliness in their top three priorities. Today is about learning from experts in the field, but also hearing about local community-led projects and the impact that they are having in terms of connecting people in East Suffolk.
09:15 – 10:45: How Can ABCD Help Us Tackle Isolation and Loneliness in East Suffolk, Cormac Russell
We are delighted that the renowned Cormac Russell is able to join us at the 2020 Forum! Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a leading expert on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths-based approaches all over the world. Join Cormac to hear about how ABCD can help us to tackle isolation and loneliness in East Suffolk, including a Q and A session.
Ann Osborn from the Rural Coffee Caravan, Sally Connick from Community Action Suffolk and Nicole Rickard from East Suffolk Council and NHS Norfolk & Waveney / Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups will be joining Cormac during his session.
Speaker biography: Cormac is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago.
Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.
He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.
His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.
In January 2011 Cormac was appointed to the Expert Reference Group on Community Organising and Communities First, by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society in the UK which he served on for the term of the Group.
This is part of the East Suffolk Community Partnership Annual Forum – 5 Day Virtual Programme. For further information please click here
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