“If we ask a different question we get a different answer.”
Capacity building is the process by which people and organisations increase their abilities to solve problems, take action and work with other people.
Some key things:
• It is community-led. It starts from what people want to do – their concerns and priorities and their reasons for wanting to increase their abilities.
• It is asset-based. It builds on the skills and resources that people and communities already have.
• The focus is on both the individual and the collective. The aim is to build both the abilities of individual people and the overall abilities within a group or community.
• The communities are those to which people see themselves belonging. It can be people living in an area, communities of experience, shared characteristics, and/or communities of interest. People can – and mostly do – belong to several communities.
- Re-Connect, South Lanarkshire – supporting older people to connect with their communities
- LGBT Age Capacity Building Project – working with older people to better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people
For more information about community capacity building click here.