Community Action Plan (CAP)
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 has met a couple of times to start things off, with a view to a more formal steering group being set up as soon as we can. (We initially aimed to do this around Easte time, but the COVID-19 situation has delayed that for now. We will pick things up again as soon as safe and practicable).
The current project group members include community council members Sylvia Bertram and Jackie Patience, along with community residents Helen Barton, Owen Smith & Helena MacDonald. Helen B has some work experience in this area and is currently co-ordinating the project group on a voluntary basis on behalf of the community council.
A meeting was held with a key local groups and organisations at the end of February 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 will now get a more formal steering group set up to take the planning activities forward. 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 meetigs over the next few months 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, going along to 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
- 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 sueful,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 to do on the form here, or contact 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.
One of the early pieces of community consultation we are likely to be looking at is a community survey and local conversations with groups across the community. What and how that happens is still to be decided by the new steering group. Further details and updates will be posetd here when and as available.
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.