Over the course of the Covid crisis several community councils have shown how data and mapping capability can be used to great effect to help engage and support local citizens. Gavinton, Fogo and Polwarth Community Council (GFPCC) is one such council, developing an online Covid response map to help volunteers coordinate activities effectively.
Scalloway is the second largest settlement in Shetland. It was a former fishing village and currently has about 1300 residents. There is a mixed aged demographic, a lot of young people live in the village. With support from the Scottish Government’s Making Places fund and Shetland Islands Council, the local community council took upon themselves to lead on a process where the community would be central in prioritising local priorities for a new local place plan.
Money for Moray, formed of volunteers from the Joint Community Councils of Moray, area forums, and village halls and associations in Moray, invited community and voluntary groups to put forward projects that tackled social isolation. Watch the showcase to find out more about their participatory budgeting events and the importance of working with other local groups.
In April 2018, the Scottish Community Councils Website encouraged community councils, through an online campaign, to share their achievements and what makes them proud to be part of their community council.
Learn how Pollokshields Community Council engaged local communities in planning and direction of their place and created Pollokshields Playhouse, a year-long experiment where the community built, curated, and ran an art and culture outdoor space in Pollokshields.
In 2016, Leith Links Community Council was the only Edinburgh community council to have a contested election. Here they share how they designed a local engagement process to encourage people to join the community council.
This video showcases the work of five community councils and the diverse projects community councils undertake including planning matters, health and wellbeing partnerships, and setting up group purchase schemes for buying oil.
Clovenfords Community Council in Scottish Borders has great relationships with other groups in the village, such as the Clovenfords Magazine which they help distribute.