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Community: Scottish Community Empowerment Action Plan - Celebrating Success: Inspiring Change

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COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST AND IDENTITY

Communities are often defined by the place they live, often single or small sets of neighbourhoods. However many people feel part of communities around common issues or circumstances, such as disability, age, or ethnic minority and may want to join together and organise over larger geographical areas, such as a town or local authority area.

Our commitment to empowerment includes these communities of identity and interest. They are likely to have particular needs and priorities for public services and want power and influence in relation to these. In some cases they may want to directly deliver services.

In prioritising and resourcing communities of identity and interest, we should focus on those communities experiencing disadvantage or inequalities, for example in relation to race, disability, and those most in need of greater capacity.