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East Neuk Community Action Plan programme comes a step closer

Friday 8 August 2014

East Neuk Community Action Plan

Representatives of a number of local groups, communities and businesses are working together with Fife Council as the ENCAP Steering Group to support the development of a Community Action Plan Programme for the continued long term success of the East Neuk and landward areas.

The aim of the programme is to build a strong East Neuk community with a locally developed vision and strategy that will inform and influence decisions and development in the area for years to come.   The preparation of Community Action Plans is the first step in this process.  Fife Council is fully supportive of the aims of the Programme and we will be working with them and other bodies to ensure widespread support going forward.

Funding was awarded from Fife LEADER and from Fife Council for the first phase of the work, which is to design a process and a toolkit for ENCAP to enable all the communities in the area to move forward with their own Community Action Plan with help and support.

Following a competitive tender process, STAR Development Group has been appointed to design the process and a Community Action Plan Toolkit for our communities.  STAR (Small Town and Rural) Development Group is a community development consultancy that specialises in community action planning, and has designed and delivered many successful programmes of community action planning including Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and County Mayo in Ireland.

Over the next few months, STAR consultants Colin Roxburgh and Lesley Campbell will be contacting Community Councils and other community groups in the East Neuk area to find out what they have already achieved, how they would want to be involved in developing their community action plans, and what resources and support they need to take the next step. By early 2015, a process and toolkit will be designed and agreed with the communities and the ENCAP Steering Group.

Irene Wallace, a member of the ENCAP Steering Group and Colinsburgh & Kilconquhar Community Council, said “We are delighted that we have secured funding to appoint STAR Development Group, and can now look forward to the East Neuk & Landward Communities taking the challenge of developing their own Community Action Plans.  Other communities around Scotland and Ireland have benefitted greatly from this approach, using their Community Action Plans to secure funding for key projects, and influencing policy and service delivery. The process also encourages active citizenship and revitalises community action.  This is our aim for the East Neuk.”

There is more information about the ENCAP Steering Group and the Action Plan Programme on www.encap.info

Or contact: Lesley@stardevelopmentgroup.org

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