Building Stronger Communities

Building Stronger Communities: A practical assessment and planning tool for community capacity building in Scotland 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.


Building Stronger Communities coverInvestment in community infrastructure is vital. Strong community organisations with skills, influence, networks and local connections are essential for the success of asset based and preventative approaches and for an increase in participatory democratic processes at a local level.

This practical resource sets out a common framework to help partners at strategic, practitioner and community levels to adopt a strategic participatory approach to building community capacity.  It is relevant to community planning, health, regeneration, Community Learning & Development and the voluntary and community sector.


The resource and associated materials can be downloaded for free clicking on the following links:

Building Stronger Communities document (pdf) - This document introduces the BSC frameworks and guides you through how to use them.

Building Stronger Communities frameworks (pdf) - This download contains both BSC frameworks you will need, the Community Strengths Framework and the Support Framework.


Adaptable support templates:

Community strengths recording template (word)

Support framework recording template (word)

Sample community strengths questionnare  (word)

Sample community capacity building support questionnare (word)


Training and support to use the resource is currently being developed and we welcome any enquiries. Please contact Susan Paxton, Development Manager on 0141 248 1924 or or Sam Jordan, Informations and Communitications Officer, for more information.