Launch of National Standards for Community Engagement
The new revised National Standards for Community Engagement were launched on Thursday 29th September 2016 by the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, in Kelty Community Centre in Fife.
Community empowerment remains one of the Scottish Government's priorities and sits with our plans for public service reform and inclusive growth.First launched in 2005, the National Standards for Community Engagement still play a crucial role in helping all sectors work more efficiently and effectively with communities across Scotland to take part in activities, plans and service delivery in their local area. I believe that good quality community engagement is underpinned by the key principles of fairness, equality and the commitment to learning and continuous improvement.
The revised National Standards for Community Engagement are designed to complement and support Scotland's developing community empowerment policy landscape and in particular the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
I am delighted to provide you with this updated version that will help strengthen the working relationship between all sectors and communities to work together on the needs and aspirations of the community, by taking collaborative action to achieve positive change.
Kevin Stewart MSP
Community Foreword by Lismore Community Trust
Lismore Community Trust have been pleased to be involved in the review of the National Standards for Community Engagement - and we look forward to putting these into practice in relation to Lismore's forthcoming draft Island Plan. The Trust views the Standards as being fundamental to our approach in engaging with the wide range of views, ideas and concerns that exist within our community. By using the Standards to inform our work we will ensure that our community is fully engaged with our efforts to take forward a range of projects and initiatives which will help to make Lismore a great place to live long into the future.
The National Standards are an indispensable template for all those genuinely concerned with reflecting the intentions of any community endeavour. As such they can greatly assist community-led organisations in ensuring that they are able to engage with their whole community and accurately represent community needs and aspirations. We are delighted to add our endorsement and look forward to using the Standards over the coming months and years.
Sebastian Tombs, Chair, Lismore Community Trust