Building Stronger Communities

Building Stronger Communities was developed by us as a practical assessment and planning tool for community capacity building in Scotland.  This resource is for practitioners and planners working within a range of sectors to help make Scotland's communities better places to live.

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. This document introduces the BSC frameworks and guides you through how to use them.

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

Adaptable support templates downloadable below

Community strengths recording template

Support framework recording template

Sample community strengths questionnaire  

Sample community capacity building support questionnaire

We produced a guide to some of the resources available for good practice in CCB on behalf of the Scottish Government. Download guide here.

A short version is published on the Scottish Government website. Download here.  

We have produced a set of 7 educational resources on sustainable development for community organisations called Community Action for a Sustainable Scotland.  These were adapted under creative commons licencing from resources produced as part of the Every Action Counts programme in England.