Good community engagement delivers better outcomes for people and communities. Many groups and organisations are already making a real difference in communities across Fife but like most things, we think it could be better!
All community planning partners want to encourage everyone to get more involved and make it easier for people to work together to make a difference in Fife. With the renewed emphasis on improving engagement and the capacity to engage effectively as set out in the Plan 4 Fife - including promoting the use of a range of engagement approaches, such as the Place Standard and charettes, Fife Voluntary Action and Fife Council are relaunching the Community Engagement Champions Group to support a progressive partnership approach to community engagement across Fife.
Community engagement continues to be one of the key tools in the delivery of both public and third sector services. Everyone will be aware of its importance in the delivery of the key drivers for the Plan 4 Fife.
The Community Engagement Champions Group is for those who are passionate about good community engagement and want to play in role in developing practice in Fife.
Please be aware that spaces are limited for now and we will accept bookings on a first-come, first-served basis.
It’s over 2 years since Fife had an operational National Standards for Community Engagement network group. Last year Fife Council developed its community engagement policy and in late December Fife Voluntary Action was awarded funding through Fife’s Fairer Fund to develop community engagement practice further.
To do this it is crucial we adopt a strong community planning partners approach in developing our community engagement practice. As part of this we are proposing to relaunch a Community Engagement Champions group. This will be somewhat different to the original network group meetings.
If you have a responsibility for community engagement in your organisation you will have both experience and expertise that can support good practice in community engagement. By becoming a champion you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and understanding and to build on this.
If you are interested in becoming a community engagement champion there will be a number of professional benefits:
You will have the opportunity to increase your professional networks
You will gain a better understanding of how other services and agencies approach community engagement
You will have the opportunity to work with colleagues to develop new and innovative approaches
You will learn more about successes and pitfalls of different approaches.
On a personal level, you will have the opportunity to:
Help others support and encourage good practice in community engagement.
Be aware of the importance of effective engagement.
Understand how the 7 National Standards for Community Engagement can be used.
Help with the development of new resource tools and develop training opportunities for both practitioners and community groups.
The first session will focus on the Fairer Fife funding application and will explore how the 8 outcomes identified in the bid will be achieved. To give you a flavour of some of the actions we will be discussing items will include:
How we move forward in developing the Community Engagement Champions network (Expectations, purpose, operation, support etc)
Hoe we develop a good working guidance document on community engagement for Fife.
Developing training, both for practitioners and community organisations.
Exploring specialist community engagement training - Youth / Asset Transfer / Participation Requests / Participatory budgeting / Community Councils.
How we can develop a website / online resource, designed and operational to support both practitioners and communities.
Working with SCDC (Scottish Community Development Centre) how we can adapt the VOiCE tool to be more “Fife friendly”.
Could we develop accredited community engagement training for practitioners / community members?
Naturally if there is anything else you would like added to the agenda please let us know.