How do we develop community and empower patients?

July’s Edge Talk featured Jeremy Taylor (National Voices) and Cormac Russell (the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute), who considered:

1 – What are communities best placed to do when it comes to health creation?
2 – What communities can do to create health with some help from outside agencies?
3 – What communities need agencies/institutions to do for them in relation to health?

Cormac Russell presented the Eight Touch Stones of Community Building he has developed based on 21 years’ worth of research in 35 countries, while Jeremy Taylor talked about the work he is leading on with National Voices.


About Our Speakers

Cormac Russell

Cormac is the faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Managing Director of Nurture Development and author of #ABCD book: Looking Back to Look Forward. Nurture Development is a Global Organisation within more than 35 countries including Ireland and the UK.

He brings an excellent track record of working with diverse communities, understanding what they need to be engaged in decisions that affect their world and everyday lives. He has built an asset-based framework to support new community development practices and thinking in this area.

For a teaser of what Cormac will be discussing please watch the short video below;

Cormac has developed the following resources to support his work:

Learning Sites

Research and evaluation on how to apply of ABCD on the ground

7 Top Tips towards promoting citizen led action – helpful in developing an implementation framework:

Who we are

Details of Cormac’s next live event can be seen below and he would like to invite anyone interested to join;

ABCD in Action – 2 Day Workshop on the theory and practice of Asset Based Community Development

Nurture Development

Monday, 4 September 2017 at 09:00 – Tuesday, 5 September 2017 at 17:00 (BST)

Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy has been chief executive of National Voices since 2009.  The national coalition of health and care charities in England has grown under his direction as a leading independent champion for patients, carers, and the voluntary sector.

Jeremy provides a strategic voice on person-centred care, the engagement of citizens in decisions about health, and the role of the voluntary and community sector.  He acts as an expert advisor, writer, commentator, media spokesman, conference speaker, and facilitator of leadership development.

In October 2016 he was included in the Health Service Journal’s list of the most influential people in health, for the sixth consecutive year.

Jeremy joined the voluntary sector in 2007, and was previously a senior official at HM Treasury.