Building Community Capacity

Building capacity is at the heart of community development and community empowerment. When communities are well organized, inclusive, influential and cohesive they create a positive environment for people to enjoy a good quality of life. If communities are to be fully engaged in discussions, decisions and actions around needs and problems they need to have the ability to work on equal terms with service planners and providers. And if communities are to benefit from owning assets such as land, buildings, services and energy, they must have the capacity to manage and develop them.

SCDC is able to advise on assessing the capacity of communities, and the capacity of agencies to support building capacity.

We also offer training courses on assessing community strengths and achieving community change.  Click here for details.

Supporting Communities 
Supporting Communities was a package of support for community organisations across Scotland with the aim of increasing the capacity of community groups and organisations at all levels and stages to effect change and contribute to the regeneration of their communities.  The programme was designed to supplement existing community capacity building support being provided at local level and to help groups to connect with each other and with other sources of support that exist locally. For more information, click here.

Achieving Community Empowerment (ACE) - national community capacity building programme

SCDC was grant aided through the Big Lottery Fund to deliver the Achieving Community Empowerment (ACE) capacity building programme in Scotland.  The programme aimed to build the capacity of emerging community groups by providing mentoring support, developing learning materials, facilitating the sharing of knowledge, experience and learning between participating projects and communicating key lessons more widely. For more information, click here.


Reference and resources

Building Stronger Communities

SCDC has developed this practical assessment and planning tool for community capacity building in Scotland.  Building Stronger Communities is an important new resource for practitioners and planners working within a range of sectors to help make Scotland's communities better places to live. Visit the Buidling Stronger Communities webpage here.

CCB Resource Guide

The Scottish Community Development Centre was funded by Learning Connections to deliver the Strengthening Scotland's Communities programme on Community Capacity Building (CCB).  The practice development programme was designed to improve understanding of CCB as one of the three national priorities for Community Learning and Development and used to promote the new national CCB Resource Guide.  To download a copy of the guide, click here.

Strengthening Scotland's Communities programme report and recommendations

The programme comprised 20 events across that were attended by over 200 participants working at different levels and across a range of sectors.  A number of issues emerged from these events which are useful when considering how CCB practice can be further developed in Scotland.  SCDC submitted a report of the programme to Learning Connections giving recommendations on how to take the development of CCB practice forward.  To download a copy of this report, click here.