Central to the Wellbeing Exeter model is the parallel development of community resilience within the city, alongside the social prescribing work. We have recruited a team of Community Builders, managed and mentored by Exeter Community Initiatives, who are active throughout the community. The builders take an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach, using local strengths, organisations and passions as a starting point for enabling greater connection, activity, and collective support. The aim of their role is:
We currently have Community Builders in the following areas of the City:
Community Builders have started by mapping the areas and then beginning the process of listening to residents within the areas.
At this stage there are signs of positive connections being made between residents, between groups operating in areas and new activities emerging.
The following examples give a flavour of what is emerging:
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The Big Listen will be hosted during the Summer (2017) where we will see listenings with residents across Exeter to find out what people love about their community and what they do to look after their wellbeing.
We want to know about what people get up to; groups that people belong to; activities that people engage with and to find out what they value about their community.
This will be done through the recruitment of Community Listeners who will engage with people by going to community events and in to public spaces such as parks. They will set up pop-up listening posts and organise games and activities to encourage people to talk to them.
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