Community Planning

in Scotland

Delivered by

nhs health scotland

Community empowerment

The Achieving Community Empowerment  (ACE) Process is intended to help community groups and organisations become more confident, better organised and more effective in achieving their aims.  This guide has been developed as part of the ACE programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered by the Scottish Community Development Centre.  It guides community groups, and those who work with them, through a critical review of their roles, relationships and ambitions so that they can be as effective as possible in achieving their aims and improving their communities. This guide will be helpful for community workers and others who want to encourage stronger and more active communities.

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ACE Guide to Achieving Community Empowerment

Building Stronger Communities - A practical assessment and planning tool for community capacity building in Scotland

This resource is targeted at practitioners and planners working within a range of sectors to help make Scotland’s communities better places to live.  It 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 and Development and the voluntary and community sector.

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This resource aims to provide support to local groups and organisations so that they can contribute to a socially and economically sustainable Scotland.  It highlights resources that will be of interest to community groups,  facilitates the exchange of good practice and provides regular news stories on any developments affecting community groups.

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Communities Channel Scotland website

http://www.communityscot.org.uk/

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Communities Channel Scotland

SCDC provides support on Community-Led Action Research, which involves a community defining and carrying out research to gather evidence and make recommendations for change. Action research is about using research tools and methods appropriate to engaging with the community concerned, for example, drawings, photography, video diaries, drop-in sessions and story dialogue, which can be used instead of or alongside more traditional methods such as surveys.

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Robert Cuthbert

robert@scdc.org.uk

0141 222 4835

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Community-Led Action Research

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The National Standards for Community Engagement are good-practice principles designed to support and inform the process of community engagement, and improve what happens as a result. They were originally launched in 2005 and since then they have been used to support community engagement, and user involvement, in Scotland in areas such as community planning and health and social care. They have been widely accepted by a range of practitioners as key principles for effective practice. During 2015/2016, the National Standards for Community Engagement were reviewed and updated.

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Voice Scotland website

http://www.voicescotland.org.uk/

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The National Standards for Community Engagement

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The main Participation Toolkit supports health and social care staff to involve patients, service users, carers and members of the public more effectively in their own care and in the design and delivery of local services. Now in its third edition, it offers a number of tried and tested tools along with some more recently developed approaches.  The Toolkit describes each approach, including resources needed and top tips to get the most from it, and suggests when it might be most effective.

 

There are two companion guides to the Participation Toolkit:

 

The e-Participation Toolkit describes how online technology (including social networks, online forums and blogs) can be used for two-way dialogue with patients, carers and communities – complementing rather than replacing more traditional methods of engaging. The Evaluation Toolkit is a guide to assessing public involvement and participation in health and social care. It discusses how practitioners can evaluate how participation project has been undertaken (process) and the results of that activity (outcomes).

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Participation Toolkits

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

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Robert Cuthbert

robert@scdc.org.uk

0141 222 4835

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The PB Network is the independent body advocating for learning and innovation in Participatory Budgeting. The PB Network puts on learning events, publishes policy related papers and stimulates debate on where Participatory Budgeting (PB) might go next.   It is a UK wide Network which has a dedicated section on its website for PB in Scotland.

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PB Network

 

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PB Network Scotland

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

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Robert Cuthbert

robert@scdc.org.uk

0141 222 4835

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The Scottish Co-production Network is free and open to anyone who is interested in co-production in Scotland. As a member of the network, you will be invited to learning events, network meetings and be able to take part in discussions and information sharing on the website. In order to ensure the network is effective in developing practice around co-production in Scotland, members are encouraged to contribute to the network by sharing their learning and experience through the online discussions, attending meetings and sharing useful information and case studies.

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Scottish Co-production Network website

http://www.coproductionscotland.org.uk/

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Scottish Co-Production Network

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

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Robert Cuthbert

robert@scdc.org.uk

0141 222 4835

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This site supports and promotes Scottish community councils through advice and resources, and real success stories of the impact that they can have on their community. This website is for anyone interested in community councils as well as both new and experienced community councillors. The site has up to date information on news, events, guidance, and grants that are related to community councils as well as advice on how to be a community councillor.

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Scottish Community Councils website

http://www.communitycouncils.scot

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Scottish Community Councils website

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

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Robert Cuthbert

robert@scdc.org.uk

0141 222 4835

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This is a Scottish Government Initiative, aimed at increasing the social impact of public service organisations across Scotland.  The Social Impact Pledge asks public service organisations to commit to increasing their social impact by making a public commitment to changing three aspects of their current operations or policies.

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Community Channel Scotland website

http://www.communityscot.org.uk/social-impact-pledge/

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Social Impact Pledge

The Institute  provides bespoke solutions to support organisations engage and empower communities

  • Facilitated, participative community meetings for 5-500 people to share information, consult communities and/or make group decisions
  • Process design support to help community workers seeking to facilitate genuinely participative and meaningful meetings which engage communities in the decisions which affect their lives.

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Kinharvie website

http://www.kinharvie.org.uk

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Kinharvie Institute

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