Being Strengths-Based

Homeless Link has been funded by the John Laing Charitable Trust to develop a Toolkit on strengths-based working. The Toolkit will support Commissioners and Service Providers wishing to take steps towards embedding a strengths-based approach within their services or local areas.

Strengths-Based or Asset-Based Approaches seek to re-define service delivery based on the positive attributes of people using services, the service themselves and the local community. Rather than focusing on addressing the ‘problems’ of the individual, they look to identify strengths and goals that the person wishes to work towards. They also place the individual at the heart of the process, allowing them to direct and define their own support.

Well-known approaches such as Trauma-Informed Care, CoProduction and Housing First are strengths-based approaches or incorporate elements of it. 

Many services already apply elements of strengths-based working. However, it can be challenging to work in a fully strengths-based way within a framework that seeks to resolve problems that have been defined by the service or local commissioner. For this reason, our Toolkit is aimed at supporting Commissioners and sector leaders to use their influence to embed strengths-based approaches within their services and local areas.

Being strengths-based is a significant sea change in how we work as a sector. In some cases, this may mean taking radical steps to transform the way services operate. We can’t provide a blueprint for how to do this – every service will be different – but we can provide a guide on how to start and give an overview of where the journey might take you.

This Toolkit is being produced in partnership with Expert Link, Colin Falconer from Inspire Chilli, Leeds City Council and Concrete.

The Toolkit

The first section of our Toolkit has now been published in our resources section under the name Being Strengths-based: Collected Resources. We hope that the Toolkit page will eventually contain a collection of resources by many different organisations who are interested in being strengths-based. If you would like to contribute something to our Toolkit page please get in touch. 

Get Involved

We hold regular conversations with a wide range of members and other interested parties. This includes roundtable events and Communties of Practice. If you would like to talk to us about your work or have any other comments on the project,  please get in touch with Vicky.album@homelesslink.org.uk