Person centred and community-based working - strength based approaches

Skills for Care and North West Employers held workshops with social care providers to learn more about what person centred and community-based working means and why it’s important.

As a result, we’ve produced this resource which contains information, ideas and bite-size learning about person centred and community-based working. We’ve used stories and examples of what providers told us works well and is important for people to live good lives.

This resource guide is relevant for:

  • adult social care managers
  • care and support workers in residential, supported living, domiciliary care and non-regulated services
  • individual employers and personal assistants

See the mini guide for a brief insight or take a look at the full resource.

Skills for Care resources included in the guide include:

Using conversations to assess and plan people’s care and support



Having conversations can help you to find out all sorts of things about people that could be lost if you followed a standard form. Taking this approach can help you to plan care and support, with individuals, that reflects their wishes and needs.

This guide outlines the key principles of conversational assessment, to help you to use this approach. 

Download the guide 


Community mapping graphic

We’ve developed this infographic to help you to think about what resources are available in the local community to improve the lives of people who need care and support. This version has some examples already written in, or you can download a blank version to map resources in your local community. Communities have changed so much over the past year and this can be a useful exercise to learn more about what’s available in the area. 


Building community capacity using asset and strengths-based approaches – for commissioners

We’ve developed a short guide that explains what community based working is with top tips about how you can identify and develop the resources in your community. It also explores how taking a social return on investment approach can help you to measure the benefits of community investment. 

Download the guide. 


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