"Changing the face of coalfields communities."

Coalfields Community Futures (Scotland)

This programme involves supporting ex-mining communities that have not benefited substantially from external funding from the Trust and partner funders.

 

Check out our video to hear more about the programme directly from those who have been involved.

 

What is it about? Community Futures is an approach to local community planning and sustainable community development that aims to encourage active citizenship and build local democracy.  CRT recognises that some communities have found it difficult to secure a fair share of the funding that has been channelled through it and other grant makers during the last 15 years. CRT and other funders have found that in these ‘cold spots’ community leadership, participation, structures, networks and group activity is relatively weak.  In these areas CRT has worked in partnership to:

  • Build on existing processes of community action research to identify local needs and priorities, using residents as co-researchers;
  • Work with local residents and groups to develop a common sense of purpose and a deliverable community action plan;
  • Make use of a small fund for each area, which through a participatory budgeting process was allocated by residents to initiate small-scale improvements;
  • Provide tailored capacity building support, working with local residents and groups to establish skills/structures and secure external funding for agreed projects;
  • Where possible support the development of new community ‘anchor’ organisations to provide a focus or hub for continued community regeneration;
  • Help organisations to ‘make the right connections’ by facilitating them to develop relationships with other successful organisations to encourage learning, pooling of resources and on-going mentoring and support.

What communities are involved? Since 2011 the following communities have developed a 5 year Coalfields Community Futures Action Plan:

To date the Programme has covered 20 communities with a joint population of over 99,000.

  • 44 people have been trained in Community Action Planning and employed as Community Agents
  • About 188 people have been involved in local steering groups
  • Over 5,300 households returned Community Views Surveys
  • 4,632 people attended Community Open Days

 

Check out the latest news for each community by following the link for the appropriate actino plan. To find out more about the programme in general consult the March 2014 newsletter, or  contact pauline.grandison@coalfields-regen.org.uk.