Engaged Communities Supporting Themselves – 1st Review

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TraM Volunteers - Fettercairn Allotments
TraM Volunteers – Fettercairn Allotments

We will support local residents to be actively involved in developing vibrant, resilient increasingly empowered communities which support the needs of all their members. 


Action 1
The K&M Effective Community Group Pack will be developed further (with material on marketing/publicity; engaging/lobbying/petitions; fundraising; event management; inclusion and recruiting new members; business planning & evaluation; risk assessment and data and child protection) and made available to community groups.  A means of providing support to groups to use the pack will also be developed.
CVSA, Rural Area Partnerships, Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire, CLD, Community Planning Officers and other experts as require
Material completed end 2013.
Support for use June 2014.
Evaluation of use, support & success November 2014.
Action Progress
Further material developed for packs. These just need checking.A “Grow Your own Group” event was run in Portlethen in September 2013 with to enable and inform them on setting up voluntary and charity groups. Information was provided on governance, funding, social media and managing volunteers & the Effective Group Pack was presented and distributed.
CVSA Development Officer has been on sick leave delaying progress on the development of material
Success against Outcome
The above event was attended by 30 participants, received good feedback and was evaluated.

 Friend Joining Group Showing Union And Togetherness

Action 2
An open and inclusive engagement process is underway to develop the future of Rural Area Partnerships in the area that support communities to support themselves.
1. Public meetings summer 2013
2. New Steering Group – September 2013
3. Aims, Objectives & Structure of new organisation – March 2014
4. Activity delivered by new Partnership 2014-16
 Existing Rural Area Partnerships and other community organisations; the wider community;
Action Progress
Public meetings held summer 2013.  A steering group for a new Partnership has formed.  Work and consultation is underway regarding the aims, objectives and structure of the new organisation and community councils in the area are being asked to provide representatives.
Success against Outcome
There was good attendance from across the area at initial meetings.  A number of new residents are involved in the development of the new rural area partnership.  Community Council minutes report discussion and involvement


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