Kincardine & Mearns Community Plan

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Priority 9 Engaged Communities – 3rd review




Intended Outcomes:

Local residents are actively involved in developing vibrant and resilient communities, of place and of interest, which support the needs of all their members.  These communities are increasingly empowered by revitalising and broadening community engagement opportunities.


9.1 The K&M Effective Community Group Pack will be developed further and made available to community groups.

9.2 An open and inclusive engagement process is developing the future of Rural Area Partnerships in the area to support communities to support themselves.


Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA), Rural Area Partnerships, Council Community Learning & Development, Community Economic Development & Area Manager’s Team, Community Planning Officers, Community organisations and the wider community.

 Progress & Results:

Additional leaflets were completed with material on marketing/publicity; engaging/lobbying; fundraising; event management; inclusion and recruiting new members; business planning & evaluation; risk assessment and data and child protection.

A successful engagement process during 2013/14 has brought together a number of local residents from across all of the community council areas to form a new Rural Area Partnership for Kincardine &

Mearns called Kincardineshire Development Partnership.  They held their official launch meeting in September 2014 and early 2015 will see the recruitment of a development worker.

 Next steps:

New actions in this priority area will focus on:

9.3 supporting local organisations and communities to make the best of the incoming Community Empowerment legislation and the moves towards strengthening local democracy.

9.4 Creating a template or pack that builds on the success of local organisations such as Mearns & Coastal Healthy Living Network and K&D Befriending to support volunteer recruitment and retention

 Lead Partners & Contact:

Ed Garret


01569 668055

Ian Hunter


01569 760301

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