Building on assets
The Local Trust approach
Often when people hear the word ‘assets’ they think about building or land. Residents in Big Local areas define their assets in four ways:
- People: their skills, knowledge and relationships with one another
- Pride: the history and character that makes the area special
- Hope: the imagination and enterprise of local people to make things happen
- Services, facilities and amenities: getting the most from these for local people.
Building on assets goes hand in hand with the resident-led approach in the Big Local areas. Solutions are not imposed from the outside, rather residents are treated as assets themselves, and trusted to lead.