Showcase Success!

We had such a fabulous time at the ABCD Showcase and Equality Soup on 14th April. Up to 100 people took part in the event, some coming for talks, some coming for soup.  We had lots of activities, for example Eloise got people having a go at graphic reporting and Paul got people to try making documents easy read. We met some great people – we particularly loved the Bacon Roll Club, a group of widowers who travel round the county trying out bacon rolls in cafes. They like Rosy Lee’s the best – of course! People told stories about the project and what it had meant to them. Our favourite story came from Mick from Together … a woman from their Peer Support Group hadn’t travelled on public transport for years, it made her too anxious. She decided she would make her own way to our Winter Wellbeing Festival in Attleborough and caught the bus. She had a brilliant time at the festival and since then has been using the bus to travel everywhere. She even caught the bus to get to Loddon for the Showcase and had lunch at Rosy Lee’s. When we spoke to her afterwards she said what she loved about the ABCD Project was that it was “real”.

ABCD Showcase

Thanks to Mark Comish from Cantaria for the photos below.

ABCD debs kitchenABCD sarina serving ABCD Caroline talking librarian ABCD singing

ABCD Showcase and Equality Soup

Just when you thought the ABCD Project was over, we have organised another event. We are keen to grab as much learning as we can from the 9 months of the Project so we are using the last pennies in the budget to organise a Showcase Event on Thursday 14th April from 2-6pm at the Lecture Hall, George Lane, Loddon. The idea is that from 2-5pm we have a series of talks and homemade tea and cake and then from 5-6pm we have a special Equality Soup community meal organised by the team at Rosy Lee’s Tearoom. Rosy Lee’s loved being at our Winter Wellbeing Festival and wanted to bring some of the positive energy back to Loddon.

Loddon Poster

The talks will include things like:

– what is ABCD?
– what is co-production?
– what is graphic reporting?
– what is peer support?
– what keeps us well?
– what did we do with our We Can awards?
– what did we learn from the ABCD Project?

As you probably know by now, the ABCD mantra is “why have a meeting when you can have a party?” so we can assure you the event will be fun and interactive. We are looking for people to make cakes, help serve drinks, chop fruit salad, share their stories.

Chris from South Norfolk CCG is leading on the evaluation and is particularly keen to talk to people to see what impact the ABCD Project had on them and their organisations. His email address if you’d like to contact him is:

You can see our glorious poster on the homepage so we thought we’d give you the colouring in version here. We’d be grateful if you could let all your friends, neighbours and colleagues know about the Showcase, particularly anyone who lives in the Loddon area. Caroline who runs Rosy Lee’s is the world’s greatest connector so we are all assured a very warm welcome.

Loddon colouring in poster

Our beautiful map

Lovely colourful map filled with text about what keeps people well

We are so delighted to show you our beautiful map designed by artist Allison Bradnock. We’ve been using a teatowel of Ali’s “Map of Norfolk” to inspire people throughout the project to think creatively about what we mean by “asset-mapping”. Allison has done a brilliant job of capturing the things people told us in a rich and colourful way. You can meet Ali at the Winter Wellbeing Festival on 30th January. You can also pick up a copy of the map and print it on tshirts and bags. Debs from the Norfolk Directory will be at the festival encouraging everyone to upload information about their groups to the Norfolk Directory website. In this way we hope to keep the information “live” for years to come.



What’s On at the Winter Wellbeing Festival

Saturday 30th January 2016

10am-10pm Connaught Hall, Attleborough

Blow away those winter blues with a 12 hour festival celebrating everything that keeps us well in South Norfolk. We’ve spent 9 months finding out what gets people through tough times and we want to show you what we’ve learnt in the most fun and interactive way possible.

In the Main Hall
Dress, pose and paint like a Dandy and their nice Ice Queen, make friends in the Julian Support Ball Pool, create animated pledges with Bigger Picture, Break the Chain of violence against women with Norwich Rising. Make baskets with Withy Arts and keyrings with Sabs and Hales Crafts. Try a range of therapies with Norwich Mind and Rowan House. Have a go at Step Dancing, NIA dance, Bokwa. Make puppets with Puppet Works, sing with Sing Your Heart Out, laugh mindfully with Gary, try art therapy with Gosia. Check out the stalls: Wellbeing Service, Norfolk Directory, Carers Advice Partnership, Healthwatch, Opening Doors, YMCA, Leaping Hare and the Thetford Town Crier, the Library, Recovery College….

In the Francis Room
Workshops in ABCD (Asset Based Community Development), poetry, compassionate mind, whole school approaches to mental health, coming out, peer support, recovery…

In the Bar
Screenprint our wellbeing map onto tshirts and bags with Print to the People, take part in a virtual wheelchair/cycling marathon with Equal Lives, enjoy Andy’s light show with micro-projectors…

Watch Time To Change films about mental health in the Bigger Picture Cinema Tent, try archery with Voluntary Norfolk, explore nature activities with Ringsfield Eco Centre, go on a Wonder Wander with photography group Eureka…

In the cafe
We’ll have healthy snacks and drinks available all day and cooking demonstrations with Anne. Healthwatch Norfolk are bringing homemade cake…

6pm Community Supper: Equality Soup from Rosy Lee’s Tea Room in Loddon and West African vegetarian food from Society Alive.

7-10pm: Showtime with the Voxettes, Thomas Terrific and Harry Hilarious, Vicky Moore, Anna Mudeka Band. Your compere is Di Cunningham, Breakfast Show host from Future Radio 107.8fm.

Everything is FREE but we invite you to bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank or wool and knitting needles for new group Shawl Hugs. Please book tickets via for the supper and evening entertainment so we know how many people to cater for.

The timetable is subject to change.
Winter Wellbeing Festival email

A day with Cormac SOLD OUT!

Our ABCD Masterclass with Cormac Russell from Nurture Development and ABCD Europe has sold out! In fact so many people wanted to come we’ve moved it from Mulbarton Scout Hut to the Willow Centre, Cringleford. We are very excited about the day. We are hosting it with brand new ABCD Norfolk which is a network of people across the county who are passionate about Asset-Based Community Development. Sold Out! A day with Cormac poster Cringleford

Poster Making Workshop

We’ve got a FREE poster-making workshop with Print to the People to make posters to decorate the Winter Wellbeing Festival. It’s on Thursday 21st January from 10-2pm. Email if you’d like to come.

print people posters

Norfolk Directory

Sabrina and debra

We met Debra Lawrence-Bell at Norfolk County Council yesterday. We showed her our map of the South Norfolk CCG area and all the things that people say keep them well where they live. She told us about the the Norfolk Directory which sounds like a really good place for people to record their community assets – all the clubs, associations and things they love. Debra explains…..

The Norfolk Directory is a useful tool to find specific clubs, groups and services from all around Norfolk. The search results can be narrowed to 1,5, or 10 miles of your postcode or widened to the whole of Norfolk.

There is a What’s on feature to allow you to go to a specific day to see what’s on in your area.
There are many ways that the directory can be used:

  • To look up clubs etc for yourself or service users and shortlist for future reference, print out or email.
  • To register a group/club/service.
  • To look to see what is available in an area already before setting up another group/club, to prevent duplication.
  • To see where there are gaps in areas for a particular group/club and set one up.
  • To give feedback on a club/service through rate and review.

To register for a record on the directory use the link to this page:

All records and feedback is monitored by the web team at Norfolk County Council.

Norfolk directory logo

Join the Festival Crew!

ABCD Festival Poster Cartoon

We are forming a Festival Crew to organise our ABCD Winter Wellbeing Festival. We will get together on Mondays between 11-1pm in the Francis Room at Connaught Hall in Attleborough. Everybody welcome – we need as many people as possible to help us make the day as brilliant as it can be. We had our first sesh on Monday 9th November. Seven of us brainstormed our ideas for the festival and played “Head, Hands, Heart” to explore the knowledge, skills and passions we can bring….

  • Shell has got years of experience of organising Norwich Pride
  • Karen is looking forward to teaching us Tai Chi Qgong
  • Sarah loves promoting diversity
  • Anne is a fab photographer
  • Sabrina is a crafty woman! she adores making things
  • Paul is great at admin
  • Hazel is a disability activist

Email if you’d like to join the crew. You don’t have to come every week – we’d love people to pop in and say hi.

We aim to finish around 12.30 so we can have a bring-and-share lunch.

Sarah from Norwich Mind    ABCD Festival Crew playing Head, Heart, Hands

Reference Group on Friday 2nd October

The Reference Group will meet four times during the course of the ABCD Project. Anyone who wants to see the ABCD Project be as brilliant as it can be is welcome to attend. The group is made up of people with lived experience of mental health issues, carers, professionals and people who live in the South Norfolk CCG area and want to see ABCD happen in their town or village. The next Project Reference Group is on Friday 2nd October from 1-3pm at the Willows Centre in Cringleford. We invite you to come early – anytime from 12pm – and share your lunch with us and catch up on all the news in a relaxed atmosphere. Here’s the address:

The Willow Centre
1-13 Willowcroft Way

There is plenty of parking and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Project Reference Group



Mulbarton Tea Party

It’s time for tea! We are having an ABCD Tea Party at Mulbarton Scout Hut on Tuesday 29th September from 1-3pm. Please help us spread the word and tell anyone you know who lives or works in Mulbarton. The event is primarily for local people but if you’d like to come along to see how you could use ABCD in your area, you’re very welcome. Professionals wanting to know more about ABCD are also welcome but please leave your lanyards at the door! For more information email

Tea Party Poster Mulbarton with words

ABCD at Rosy Lee’s

We had a yummy time asset-mapping Loddon with Caroline and her customers at Rosy Lee’s Tea Room. Caroline hosts a free soup evening once a month for anyone who wants to come in and meet other people and have a chat. She organises the annual Scarecrow festival and local business forum. She offered to help us with practical things for the ABCD festival in January – e.g. if we need a marquee. What an asset she is!

Rosy Lee

Paul and Sabrina in admin action!

Paul has joined our ABCD team. He has a background in admin work so we got him typing up our mailing list and all the notes from the flipcharts and maps we’ve been collecting. He and Sabrina made a great team, taking turns reading out and typing. Paul fell in love with Shell’s iMac. Paul will be at the next Reference Group collecting people’s involvement fees and expenses forms.


Well-being at the Wayland Show

We had a wonderful day in the Well-Being Marquee at the Wayland Show in Watton. We took a banner with a map of the South Norfolk CCG area and the question “what keeps you well where you live?” The idea was that people could put a dot on the map to show where they lived and then write about the things that keep them healthy and connected. It was great! We spoke to LOADS of people and they were very impressed with our new ABCD Project bags and badges!

Alex Wayland

Meeting up in Mulbarton

The Mulbarton Get-Together was a success. Jill the village historian came as well as Sue who had just moved to the village. It was a great combination and together with Malcolm our ABCD champion and Ollie from the South Norfolk CCG, we has a really good time talking about the village and asset-mapping all its resources. We discovered that because of new housing developments, the village has got longer and longer and lost its centre. The key thing people want is a cafe so we are planning an ABCD Tea Party in September to bring more people into the project and see if we can help make it happen.  In the old days, whenever anyone moved into Mulbarton someone would visit them and give them a Welcome Book and a jar of honey or bottle of apple juice. That tradition got lost when the village expanded really quickly. The group decided to get together to update the Welcome Book. Jill is the editor of the Parish newsletter so she’s going to get a piece in it about the ABCD Project in the autumn edition.

Mulbarton ABCD Get-Together

Mulbarton Get-Together


We’re going to have our first get-together in Mulbarton on Friday 17th July from 12-2pm at Mulbarton Scout Hut. Everybody welcome. Shell went along to the Mulbarton Junior School fete to give out flyers. Malcolm, our local contact, was there teaching archery. Marina, his colleague is the website editor of the fabulous Mulbarton website and she agreed to put our event on their noticeboard and connect us up with the local vicar and parish newsletter.

ABCD Project Poster for MulbartonMulbarton Junior School fete

Building healthy, caring communities is as easy as ABCD and as sweet as chocolate cake!

ABCD Michelle Savage and Kevin James

20 people from villages and towns across South Norfolk and Breckland attended a community development training day in Connaught Hall in Attleborough on Thursday 28th May. The day was part of a project that seeks to build healthy, caring communities by teaching people how to “asset-map” the talents and resources available where they live. The project is funded by the NHS East of England Strategic Clinical Network and supported by NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group. Part of the day involved the trainees going out into Attleborough armed with tourist maps to find out what keeps people happy and well in the town. When they came back they plotted what they’d found out on a giant map. The range of assets they discovered included carers groups, the town archive, sewing, reading, games and social groups, digital photography days, ladies’ cycling weekends, amateur dramatics, art, massage and therapy.

Karen Patient is a member of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) for the Attleborough and Pulham Surgery. She said:

“I’ve lived in Attleborough for 10 years and people found about more about the town in an hour than I have in a decade.”

The project is based on a model called ABCD – Asset Based Community Development and the trainer was Deborah Klee from Vintage Communities in London. Nick O’Brien, assistant headteacher at Dereham Neatherd High School said:

“We’ve been working with the anti-stigma campaign Time To Change on a whole-school approach to mental health awareness involving pupils, staff and parents. The training day has inspired me to think about how we could use ABCD to expand the work we’ve been doing within our school community into the wider community. We definitely want to be involved.”

People from Poringland, Swardeston, Wicklewood & Wymondham, Attleborough, Mulbarton and Dereham have now signed up to say they would like to do some ABCD work in their communities and they will attend a follow-up day on Wednesday 3rd June, 11-3 at the Willows in Cringleford.

Kevin James is part of the Project Group that designed the project and is Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust’s South & Central Service User and Carers Forum. He says:

“Our training day in Attleborough was hugely inspirational. Deborah’s stories about how the ABCD approach had transformed communities in London inspired everyone to want to take part here in Norfolk. I’m looking forward to the follow-up day and making concrete plans with people about how we can make this happen.”

People were encouraged to bring food to share for the lunch, and tea and cake were provided by the ABCD Project, including a chocolate cake iced with the letters ABCD. Artist Eloise O’Hare was drawing pictures all day to create a graphic report of the training. The Project Coordinator is community filmmaker Michelle Savage (Shelly Telly). For more information you can call Michelle on 07497 003539 or email her at