Local Demonstration Projects
The response to the request for participating local demonstration projects was very encouraging with 19 expressing a strong interest. Ten projects were selected to reflect a mix of urban and rural areas, whole partnership approaches and smaller scale, more local work and the foundation elements which make up the framework for learning set out in 'Better Community Engagement - A framework for learning'.
The succesful projects are:
Angus Council, Community Learning and Development Service
Reinforce the specific purpose of community engagement involving communities in the planning and delivery of services. Increase confidence and competence in the conduct of community engagement activities. Build capacity in communities. Strengthen voluntary sector participation in community engagement processes and structures. Lead Worker: Paul Nelis (SCDC)
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Build the confidence of all members of the community. Raise their awareness of the various partnership structures and engagement routes. Raise awareness of Community Planning and Single Outcome Agreements. Raise awareness of effective community engagement. Lead Worker: Alex Downie (LWTT)
East Renfrewshire Council
Wider awareness of the rationale for and benefits of community engagement, the policy framework, the impact community engagement has upon project timescales and project delivery, the challenges posed and skills required when undertaking successful community engagement and the establishment of agreed Council standards for community engagement projects. Lead Worker: Susan Paxton (SCDC)
Improve the coordination of engagement activities across the city. Identify a suitable e-engagement solution that will meet the consultation needs of community planning partners and develop a modern purpose designed service. Develop a physical / virtual network or 'community of practice'. Lead Worker: Fiona Craig (LWTT)
Develop a specific, tailored package of training for elected members to develop their role in community engagement; for managers to fully understand the distinctions between consultation and more participative approaches to engagement and to act as leaders of community engagement activities, for frontline staff undertaking community engagement work. Enhance the ability to use new technologies for community engagement. Develop training materials for staff that can enable all of our services to engage with an ageing population and the challenges of European labout mobility creating a more linguistically and ethnically diverse society. Lead Worker: Alan Barr (SCDC)
Faith in the Community (Scotland)
Ensure that the community skills training and resources become more fully accessible across the wider faith sector. Overcome cultural, religous and language barriers which undermine the commitment to equalities. Work closely with public sector agencies to help to increase religous literacy. Increased training and awareness of key community engagement tools and methodologies. Lead Worker: Fiona Garven (SCDC)
Fife Council, Performance and Organisation Support
In the implementation of the National Standards for Community Engagement a network of champions was established. Examine the various ways that the role of 'champion for community engagement' has developed across the area and bring that experience to all. Enable 'champions' to reflect and act on personal learning. Lead Worker: Deirdre Elrick (LWTT)
Development Neighbourhood Charters and Neighbourhood Agreements between communities and Community Planning Partnership agencies. Targeting and involving local residents who may have disabilities that act as a barrier for getting involved in their communities. Targeting and involving settled residents who may not have English as their first language. Lead Worker: David Allan (SCDC)
Argyll and Bute, Community Planning Partnership
Develop training materials for effective and appropriate methods of consultation for Community Planning Partners; develop and provide training to help communities participate at a number of levels; ensure elected members are kept abreast of changes and developments; and, identify and develop training on innovative and effective ways of providing feedback to communities and evidence that community voices have been heard and acted upon. Lead Worker: Deirdre Elrick (LWTT)
West Lothian Council, Communities Team
Develop the capacity of the local community to meaningfully influence and engage in locality planning. Train both community and workers in a more structured way exploring new approaches to community engagement and capacity building. Create a cohesive strategy endorsed by all partners including the community. Improve and develop robust and clear monitoring and evaluation systems to capture the effectiveness of the engagement process. Lead Worker: Alex Downie (LWTT)
Over the summer each demonstration project will be preparing an action plan based on learning needs, setting out local aims and objectives, training resources, identifying targets and scheduling activities. A more details training needs and resource analysis is an important part of the process.
For more information about any of the local demonstration projects please contact the appropriate lead worker from either LWTT (01324 489666) or SCDC (0141 248 1924).