Supporting Communities: The Way Ahead

header imageSupporting Communities is 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 is 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.

Between October 2013 and March 2015, SCDC provided developmental support to 70 community groups and organisations across the country, with a particular focus on areas of exclusion or disadvantage. The nature of this support varied depending on the particular needs or circumstances of the participating groups but included; advice, guidance and signposting, access to tools and resources, training delivery, mentoring and practical support, and networking.

Supporting Communities is no longer recruiting community organisations for the first phase of the programme.  For more information about further support, please read on...

Phase 2 of Supporting Communities

In the second phase, from April 2015 to March 2016, we are aiming to work in six selected development sites, exploring how local community capacity building support can best be developed to support community organisation.  The delivery will be flexible according to local need but may include:

  1. Targeted support to 5 or 6 participating organisations.
  2. Joint activities with the participating community organisations, focusing on areas of common interest and challenge.
  3. Joint sessions bringing community organisations and agencies together to explore support needs and sustainability.

The support will create opportunities for local community organisations to receive developmental support which is relevant to them, over and above any support they may currently receive.


The six local areas will be selected based on our assessment of the opportunities to develop more collaborative approaches to community capacity building. It is important that a range of different organisations exist in the local area and that they will be willing to work with one another.

How can you get involved? 

If you think your area would make a good development site for Supporting Communities, please get in touch with us using the contact details below. We aim to have all six development sites finalised, with support plans in place, by summer 2015 so please get in touch soon if you are interested.


Supporting Communities resources 

Download the Phase 2 briefing

Fraserburgh Development Trust Ltd: Community Engagement Case study

Scotstoun Community Council: Case Study

Tea in the Pot: Case Study 

Answer: Case Study