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.

For Phase 1, 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.

In Phase 2 of the programme SCDC focused more specifically on the benefits and challenges of collaborative working across a range of 7 local development sites. These sites ranged from very rural to inner-city and had various different themes.

Now in Phase 3, SCDC is offering support to community anchor organisations who want to improve their community engagement practice. You can find out more below.

Supporting Communities Programme Phase 3 -  2016/17

The Supporting Communities programme is delivered by SCDC and this year offers support to community anchor organisations who want to improve their community engagement practice. We want to find out about how you engage with your community, and to help you deal with common issues such as:

  • Finding out the needs of your community, and planning how to address these
  • Engaging with your whole community in an inclusive way
  • Methods and skills for community engagement
  • Planning for community engagement activity, and demonstrating impact
  • Embedding and sustaining good practice in community engagement 

If you want to find out if your organisation can receive support, and learn more about the programme click here.


Supporting Communities resources 

Supporting Communities Learning and Evaluation section

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