CHEX supports and promotes community development approaches to improving people's health.Read More
What we do
We work directly with community organisations, people who work in communities and with people who make policy.
We deliver large scale programmes across Scotland to help build the capacity of the community sector, support public agencies to work effectively with communities and to widen participation in local democracy.
We support and manage a series of networks, using our learning from these and working with communities and community practitioners to inform policy and legislation.
A major part of our work is providing research, training and consultancy services. All of our services are tailored to meet the individual needs of the organisations and partnerships we support. Find out more about our training.
We work closely with the European Community Development Network and the International Association of Community Development.
Our key work
Through our Supporting Communities programme we’ve partnered up with community organisations from across the country to help build skills and ideas important to them and their communities.
Island of Hoy, Orkney
We have been working with the Island of Hoy Development Trust to help them develop their approaches to community engagement and identify new approaches to engaging with members of their small island community. With a population of less than 500 and as a non-linked Orkney isle, the people of Hoy identified a range of issues that affect community life such as transport, broadband access, recycling, and play facilities.
This year through Supporting Communities we are supporting the Trust to work with other organisations on the island, and stakeholders across Orkney, to plan how they take forward the community’s priorities, and the groups are currently exploring the potential of developing an Island Plan for Hoy.
Five Sisters Community Partnership, West Lothian
The Five Sisters is a partnership of community organisations working in West Calder and surrounding villages of Harburn, Addiewell and Polbeth. The partnership seeks to work together on shared issues, responding to priorities identified in local community action plans, as well as establish stronger and more clear lines of influence with planning structures.
We are currently working with the partnership to support them in delivering this vision and to plan for collective approaches to community engagement, capacity building and action around community aspirations.
Ferguslie Park, Paisley
We are working with local organisations in Ferguslie Park and their partners, who have recently been involved in a wide range of community consultation and engagement that has identified community priorities and aspirations.
The partnership of organisations are exploring community-led action planning as a process for working together to take these priorities forward and to support the people of Ferguslie to develop and deliver their own community vision.
Buckie and New Elgin, Moray
We are working with local people and officers to support community involvement in the production and delivery of locality action plans in 2 areas in Moray (Buckie and New Elgin). Local steering groups have been hard at working in finding out community needs and aspirations. Once this is analysed and combined with the information/data from partners the hard work of creating the action plans will begin.
Our response to the recent Scottish Government’s Democracy Matters consultation welcomes the idea of people having more control over what happens in their communities, and suggests ways in which this might be done to broaden participation and ensure democratic accountability.Read More
SCDC and the Poverty Alliance worked with ten community organisations to co-design a resource framework which could be used to support communities across Scotland to conduct their own inquiries into the issues affecting them.Read More