Rannoch and Tummel Communities
Conducting research into the needs of this rural community, we helped them to devise their own unique Community Action Plan proposing a number of key projects to focus on over the 10-year period from 2015. Since finalising their community action plan for the communities of Rannoch and Tummel, the steering group has employed a Development Officer to manage a number of projects including to improve their connectivity through improved broadband and mobile services, as well as providing more support for older people in their community and aiming to stimulate the local economy.
Renfrew Development Trust
Renfrew Development Trust was newly set up in 2013 by a group of local residents keen to improve the town. Its first action was to appoint us to develop a community action plan for the area so they had a clear vision and mandate going forwards. Working with the Trust, we worked to reach people who wouldn’t typically engage in this type of project using open conversations, focus groups and drop in surgeries as well as on-line methods including Facebook, a survey and a photography competition.
A high level 10 year community action plan detailing the what, when, where and who was agreed and this was developed into an attractive, easy to read flyer which was distributed throughout the community. The plan enabled the Trust to secure office premises and employ its first member of staff and new projects are being developed.
Oxton and Channelkirk Community Council
We undertook a period of detailed community based research in the rural village of Oxton. We delivered open days, focus groups, street work with young people, a wide ranging community survey, stakeholder consultation and a well-attended public event. The organisation received a Community Action Plan highlighting the focus for short, medium and long term plans for the village to maximise the benefit of two wind farms. They are now developing a project to upgrade the community-owned village hall. A copy of the document was delivered to every house.
“Community Enterprise helped us put together our first ever community action plan a few years ago – a plan that is essential these days if you are looking to secure funding for projects. To be honest, they didn’t just help us, they held our hand throughout the process and, at the end of the project, together we had produced a very sleek and understandable action plan for our village, a plan that we still use a great deal today. We thoroughly recommend Community Enterprise and we have done so to other villages over the years who saw our plan and asked how they might also put together an action plan for their village. On behalf of Oxton & Channelkirk Community Council”.
Since this work, the organisation has established a number of small environmental improvements and this plan led to the development of a new village hall. Further funding was secured to develop the idea, which now has planning and is entering into the fundraising stage.
Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council
This community plan comprised of three distinct communities within one area of around 26,000 people and was therefore a very different proposition from the Oxton community plan. We undertook a similar period of detailed community based research across the town, ensuring to incorporate the views from the three different communities. At the end of it, the community council received a final Community Action Plan that suited all three areas.