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Communities in rural Lanarkshire invited to take leading role in local development

Community Action Lanarkshire

Community Action Lanarkshire are introducing local groups to Community-led Action Planning in Rural Lanarkshire.

Two events, one in Lanark on 6th November and one in Coatbridge on 22nd November, will target the communities of Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill, Carstairs Junction, Harthill, Greengairs, Kirkfieldbank, Lesmahagow, Longriggend, Plains, Stonehouse and Upperton. Priority places are available to people in these places with any remaining spaces open to other interested communities.

The events, which will be a mixture of talks, workshops and shared learning will be led by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) as part of their Supporting Communities Programme. This programme supports community organisations to take leading roles in developing their ‘places’ through inclusive and engaging community action planning processes. The events have been initiated by Community Action Lanarkshire (CAL), a Leader funded project managed by the Rural Development Trust to support rural communities with community led plans, training and to build and grow new projects.

David Allen from SCDC said, “As a first stage of this programme we are bringing together local lead groups in rural Lanarkshire to look at what community-led action planning is, share experiences and learn from one another about what works to support good community action planning in their communities.”

The events will cover many key aspects of the community-led action planning process from the benefits of using the process, how to keep on track and ultimately how to drive the actions forward.

Becky McCauley, the Development Manager from the Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax Improvement Foundation (WAT IF) said, “Community-led Action Planning creates an ambition for the future that is relevant, inclusive and meaningful. It ensures communities can protect and develop what is of greatest value to them, as well as acting as a transformational tool for change. As a result of Community-led Action planning, WAT IF? has enjoyed improved volunteer engagement, increased the number of project working groups and forged deeper partnerships with local organisations”.

The sessions will take place on the 6th November between 1-4pm at Langloch farm in Lanark and 22nd November between 6-9pm at the Atrium Business Centre in Coatbridge.

Both events are free and lunch will be provided for the afternoon session and a buffet for the evening session. For more information and to book contact: Community Action Lanarkshire on 01555 664665 and book via Eventbrite: https://communityactionlan.eventbrite.co.uk/

Find out more about what Community Action Lanarkshire can do for your community at www.communityactionlan.org. Alternatively, contact info@ruraldevtrust.co.uk / 01555 664 665.