In 2011, the Community Partnership began a new round of community action planning (CAP) with Park communities.
Community Action Plans (CAP) are documents which identify the goals and aspirations of a community and outline how they are going to achieve them. These documents are unique in that they are created by communities for communities. They provide a snapshot of the views, issues and aspirations of a community at a fixed point in time. A CAP will help a community come together to make positive changes to all aspects of community life. It provides focus and direction and helps support grant funding applications.
With a combination of staff resource and financial assistance the Partnership works closely with each community to develop their new CAP. Support comes in a number of forms and varies according to the needs of each community.
The following support can be offered to every community:
Through the Community Partnership’s small team of staff we can provide communities with the confidence to kick-start their Action Plan journey. Targeted support will also be provided at key stages of the process to ensure that the new Action Plan realises its full potential.
New to our team is Kelly our dedicated Community Action Plan Support Worker who will be supporting communities in the development of their community action planning work and to help communities set up and maintain local groups and organisations to support their action plans.
CAP development grant / financial support
The Community Partnership administers a unique community development grant designed to provide financial assistance to cover elements such as venue hire, refreshments, advertising and postage.
Community agent recruitment
Some communities need a little extra help to get their Action Plan developed. For these communities additional funding may also be available, through the Community Partnership, to recruit a local Community Agent to assist in the preparation of their Action Plan.
Editing and publishing
Finally the Community Partnership will provide each community with specialist design, editing and printing services to ensure that the CAP is presented in a professional and accessible way.
The latest round of community action planning started with Gartmore in 2011, followed by Callander, Drymen, Lochgoilhead and Benmore & Kilmun. 2015 saw support given to Balloch & Haldane, Balquidder, Strachur, Lochearnhead and Strathyre; Strathfillan, Arrochar, Tarbet & Ardlui; and Sandbank. Earlier this year Kilmaronock, Buchanan and Croftamie celebrated the launch of their CAP. Meanwhile St Fillans and Callander are busy preparing new CAPs.
The Community Partnership has developed a Community Action Planning Toolkit for members. The Toolkit is available in our members section.