Community engagement is a way of developing a working relationship between public bodies (such as local councils) and community groups.
Good community engagement will mean that both groups can understand and act on the needs or issues of community experiences, helping to achieve positive change.
What we do
Community engagement is a key part of our work. We have developed frameworks for good community engagement, produced practical guides and regularly provide training and support to community organisations and public bodies.
Our staff are highly experienced in developing effective community engagement practice and provide training and advice as part of our services.
SCDC Community Engagement training
Our introductory training explores the principles, standards, processes and methods that underpin good practice in community engagement.
VOiCE is planning and recording software that assists individuals, organisations and partnerships to design and deliver effective community engagement.
The National Standards for Community Engagement are a way to build and sustain the relationships between public services and community groups.
Exploring the local experiences of refugee resettlement and how examines how community development approaches could be used to further refugee integration in Scotland.
Training: This training will allow you to analyse, plan, implement and evaluate community engagement practice from small scale projects to strategic development.
Training: Explore how to put good community engagement theory into practice.
Community engagement news
We've created a Frequently Asked Questions document and webpage to answer these questions in an engaging and easier-to-understand way.
This year's Supporting Communities programme offers support to community anchor organisations. Support will focus on strengthening community engagement activities and developing community action planning activities. Find out how your community organisation can apply for support.
The National Standards for Community Engagement are now in a range of accessible formats, including easy read, audio and braille.
Based on the findings from a series of focus groups and an online survey, this report explores the barriers to better involvement in planning and also the opportunities and benefits that better community engagement would present for communities and government.
SCDC, What Works Scotland and the Scottish Government are collaborating on a review of the National Standards for Community Engagement. Find out how to get involved.
SCDC has written a briefing for elected members on community engagement on behalf of the Improvement Service.