Strong Not Wrong – Connecting for change using an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach
PHE ePoster Library. Musgrave R. Sep 12, 2019; 274511; 7
Rachael Musgrave
Rachael Musgrave
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Abstract Introduction/Background
In 2013 1 in 10 working age residents in Wirral were claiming health related benefits; over 60% of all out of work claims. We used ethnographic research to develop an ABCD programme- Connect Us- tackling unemployment, social isolation and poor mental health resulting in a range of improved outcomes for individuals and local communities. MethodWe commissioned ethnographic research. It revealed a fundamental disconnect between health and employment meaning that low-level mental health barriers which limit a person's ability to work were often deemed non-urgent in a healthcare setting. In responding to the research, we went through an innovation process, designing solutions to improve health and support individuals in their communities.
An unprecedented, jointly-funded commission aimed at ESA claimants with low-level mental health was implemented. ‘Connect us'- a programme of ‘Community Connectors', addresses the wider determinants of health at an individual level. Connect Us adopts an ABCD approach; increasing connectivity, access to information, community resilience, self-help and tackles social isolation. Since April 2017, connectors have knocked on over 40,000 doors in Wirral; 96% of people they have engaged with were referred onto an activity or service. 67.22% of individuals reported an improvement in their wellbeing at three months and 59.89% at six months.
Independent evaluation by Liverpool John Moore's University captured the progression of engaged individuals with Connect us. The outcomes achieved are evident across the whole health and social care system which has informed commissioning intentions across a broad range of partners. External funding details DCLG Transformation Challenge Award
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