Social action, also known as community development, is people coming together to help improve their lives and solve shared problems. People volunteer, befriend, advocate, join social movements and organise and develop community assets and services.
Frustrated by the ineffectiveness of traditional service models and the reduction in public services we’ve searched for new solutions that unlock the abundant pre-existing resources in communities and solve problems for good.
Isolation has a toxic effect on people’s physical and mental health. Those with fewest assets fare the worst. At the extreme, social exclusion in the form of harassment and violence can lead to suicide.
Dance to Health is a falls prevention dance programme targeted at older people, established and run by Aesop. Aesop is a charity and social enterprise and its mission is to help health harness the power of the arts, as well as help the arts understand how to deliver health improvement programmes.
Co-commissioners in Asset-Based Areas explicitly seek to promote social value. What this means is that they (commissioners and people with lived experience) look at people’s lives as a whole and don’t focus on individual outcomes.