Supporting Communities - a call to statutory and third sector partners

SCDC is now into the second stage of our Supporting Communities programme which is an expanded package of support for community organisations across Scotland. This support package, which will run until March 2015, has the overall aim of increasing the capacity of community groups and organisations to effect change and contribute to the regeneration of their communities. We are continuing to recruit groups and organisations onto the programme, and would be interested in hearing from statutory and third sector partners on how you think Supporting Communities might fit with your local priorities.

What is it and who is it for?

Within the overall support package we aim to provide an average of 5 days consultancy support to around 100 community groups and organisations across the country. Support varies depending on the particular needs of the participating groups and the local circumstances within which they work, but may include: community research, engaging and involving communities, visioning and planning, connecting with others, and demonstrating impact
We have a particular focus on working with groups who:

  • Are operating in areas of disadvantage or with groups who face high levels of exclusion or disadvantage
  • Have a commitment to tackling disadvantage or inequalities
  • Are going through a period of transition or change within their organisation
  • Are committed to working with others and sharing their own experiences and learning

What have we done so far?

Since the launch of the programme (in October 2013) 31 groups have been allocated support. These come from a wide range of areas (from the Northern Highlands to Dumfries & Galloway) and cover a wide range of groups (from Community Councils to Development Trusts).
The kinds of issues that groups are working on vary greatly but include: developing local assets such as Community Centres; engaging with their wider communities; undertaking community research; developing longer-term planning and organisational sustainability.
In addition, a variety of agencies/organisations have expressed interest in the programme adding value to work that they are currently undertaking. This includes work around engagement with early years' organisations, support for community engagement in community planning, supporting groups to contribute to local regeneration, and supporting groups to be involved in participatory budgeting.

Could this fit with your local priorities?

In addition to community organisations contacting SCDC directly, we are also interested in talking to CLD Managers, Community Planning Managers, Regeneration Managers, Third Sector Interfaces and those responsible for supporting community organisation involvement in local developments across a range of agencies: e.g. Housing Associations, National Parks, NHS, and Police Scotland.
It may be that you have identified a local need through developing your CLD Strategy, SOA priorities, Capacity Building Strategy, Community Engagement Strategy, or Regeneration Strategy. Or you may be looking to do targeted work and need some additional support.
We would be interested in discussing with you whether SCDC could offer:

  • Specific support to targeted community organisations
  • Ready an organisation where change/development is coming
  • Support where an organisation is in difficulty
  • Support as part of a wider strategic intervention
  • Specific support where your resources are low

This programme is not intended to supplant existing or long term capacity building support. Rather, it can be provided to supplement or complement what is already in place, or to give an additional element of support to increase resources in areas of need or priority. In addition the programme can help groups to connect with each other and with other sources of support that exist both locally and wider.

If you would like to discuss this, please contact Barbara Allan - or David Allan - or phone us on 0141 248 1964.

The above information can also be downloaded as pdf here.