Community Action Plan (CAP)
We are working with other community gorups in our area to develop a Community Action Plan, hopefully by the end of 2021. When we can we will organise events for people to come together, discuss ideas and have a say about what goes in the plan. We can't do that now, but while we wait we would like as many people as possible to complete a Place Standard survey.
Click on the image below or on the link here to complete the survey by 27th March 2021
The survey will help us to know what is important about our place, and what local priorities are for the next few years. Doing it now will also help us to respond to the Local Development Plan consultaion. You can complete it as houesholds or individuals and there is no age limit.
The 'Reason to Complete' box can be left blank and you can say as much or as little as you wish on all the other questions. The 'group' for this survey is anyone who lives in the Knockbain Community Council area. Please select your sub group area (North Kessock or Munlochy) and aswer as many of the questions as you can.
There are some general prompts for each question which we have not been able to edit. Most will be helpful but please answer them in whatever way you feel is most relevant for you / your area.
WHAT'S HAPPENED SO FAR?
The community council is looking at developing a Community Action Plan (CAP) for our villages. The CAP will help us to identify community priorities and a five-year action plan for things to be taken forward. Future actions might be carried out by a wide range of groups and organisations.
A small project group set up by the community council met a couple of times to start things off, with a view to a more formal steering group.
A meeting was held with a key local groups and organisations at the end of February 2020 to 'test' the idea out and see if there was support to take things forward. We're pleased to report that initail feedback was very positive. (Click these links to see the introductory presentation and summary of the feedback from this meeting).
With this initial support from key stakeholders we aim to get a more formal steering group set up to take the planning activities forward. Progress since we met with local groups last year has unfortunatley been delayed - largely whilst we all adpated to dealing with the immediate impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. A year later (Feb '21) - we are now starting to look ahead again and hope to form a small steering group soon to start to plan activities and next steps.
The current group members include community council members Sylvia Bertram and Jackie Patience, along with representatives from several local groups (including RANK, NKTOP, Transition Black Isle and the Community Pier group). Local resident Helen Barton has some work experience in this area and is currently helping the community council to co-ordinate the project group on a voluntary basis.
One of the early pieces of community consultation we are doing is a community Place Standard survey. This will give us an initial idea of what is important for people across the community and what people would like to see happen over the next few years. Once we have some initial ideas we will be consulting again to identify top priorities and start to develop a plan for what gets taken forward, how, and by who. How that happens is still to be decided by the steering group. Further details and updates will be posetd here when and as available.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
If you would like to be involved in any way, please get in touch. No previous experience is needed and whilst we need a few folk who can attend occasional online meetings over the rest of the year for a steering group, there are lots of ways you can also be involved on an occasional basis too. Examples of the sort of help we will need include:
- Being a steering group member, to work with others to plan activities, lead engagement activties, collect and analyse community feedback, produce reports, develop action plans, produce news updates and produce a final plan/s.
- Be a community ambassador - to help as many members of the community as possible to take part in consultations and have their voice heard. This might include helping people to complete surveys, contacting other groups to provide information, running drop-in sessions etc. Anyone who likes spending time with others and who has good listening skills can be part of a wee team for this. Initially this will largely be online or by email / telephone contact, but we hope it will be possible for at least small groups to meet together to discuss emerging ideas later in the year.
- Be an occasional helper. From time to time we will need people with a variety skills, and would be very grateful for anyone able to share their time and expertise. If you have any of the following skills or others that you think might be useful,do let us know.
- write newsletter articles / social media updates
- fundraising / grant applications
- organising events
- facilitation or enagagement skills
- anlysing data / producing reports
- arists / photographers / graphic designers / musicians- to run creative activities / capture ideas / make our events more fun and our reports look great
- bakers, soup makers, sandwich makers, tea brewers, table setters, clearing uppers - we always need you!
You can tell us more aboout what you would like by contacting us here for more information. YOUNG PEOPLE or anyone else looking for skills for a college or job applications - this could be a great opportunity to help your comunity and get great experience back.
Meanwhile you can find out more by scrolling down to our 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) section below the photo gallery on this page. If you have other questions you can also contact us here to find out more.