Empowerment and Inclusion
Good places have people at their heart.
Empowering people to participate in and lead processes of change can greatly improve the outcomes in a place as well as increasing the social and physical wellbeing of the community.
When people with an interest in a place - residents, local businesses, service providers - are encouraged and supported to work together then real positive change can be achieved.
Local places are best known by the people who live and work there. Empowering people to take an active role in shaping these places is good for the physical place as well as helping to develop a positive social environment
Community empowerment can take many forms. It can range from good engagement processes through to communities purchasing and operating buildings and providing services themselves.
By being part of the process, local people can feel empowered to make further changes in their places, building a positive cycle of local action and community cohesion.
Engaging effectively means including all parts of a community.
Our communities are diverse, with a range of ages, backgrounds and abilities and it's essential that everyone has a meaningful opportunity to help shape their local area. Good, inclusive engagement is a great way to make sure that any changes get things right first time and build in benefits for everyone.
Communities Channel Scotland
Communities Channel Scotland is a web resource developed by the Scottish Community Development Centre.
The site provides support to local groups and organisations, sharing the stories and experience of community groups and organisations in their efforts to improve their communities, and highlighting useful resources that can help groups in their work.
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