Support for community-led regeneration is at the heart of the regeneration strategy.
Changes needed to make communities sustainable will only be achieved when communities themselves play a part in delivering change.
The Scottish Government is committed to supporting community-led regeneration to:
- increase the number and strength of locally controlled, enterprising community organisations;
- support local organisations to take on ownership of viable assets; and
- help people to organise and respond to challenges in areas where capacity is currently low
The strategy commits to a number of actions to support community capacity building alongside a range of other support for community-led action. The People and Communities Fund has been launched to support registered social landlords, Community Development Trusts and other community anchor organisations to deliver local outcomes.
Other activity includes support for community asset ownership through the Community Ownership Support Service, which provides help and advice to community organisations interested in asset ownership. This service is run by Development Trusts Association Scotland.
The Strengthening Communities Programme helps community organisations to become sustainable and resilient, in turn helping the communities they belong to to realise economic, social and environmental opportunities. Its impact will help supported organisations fulfil community regeneration objectives, and enhance their capacity, helping them take on more ambitious initiatives.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is an independent regeneration organisation established in 1999 to improve the quality of life in Britain’s coalfield communities. It is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, governed by a board of voluntary trustees.
08 January 2015