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The Key to Community Engagement. Fiona Lowe Rural Officer. Aims of the Workshop. By the end of this session we hope you will: Understand key points to achieving effective community involvement. Gain a better knowledge of involvement techniques.

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The key to community engagement

The Key to Community Engagement

Fiona Lowe

Rural Officer


Aims of the workshop
Aims of the Workshop

By the end of this session we hope you will:

  • Understand key points to achieving effective community involvement.

  • Gain a better knowledge of involvement techniques.

  • Pick up useful tips and awareness and access to new resources.


What is community involvement
What is Community Involvement?

“Community Involvement is the process in which local communities and individuals become engaged in the decision making, design and management of projects”

(Sustrans, 2008)

Communication Consultation


Communication
Communication

  • A key element in ensuring community involvement in any project.

  • What exactly is the message? Who is the target audience?

  • How do you get that message out?

Village Newsletters/Magazines Face to Face

Village/Parish Websites Facebook

Noticeboards Twitter

School Newsletter Existing Groups newsletters


Consultation
Consultation

  • To consult - seek information or advice from; take into consideration.

  • Can be as simple as gathering ideas at an informal meeting or as complex as a full household survey on a range of topics.

  • The level of consultation you choose will depend on why you are doing it.



Consultation technique examples
Consultation Technique Examples

  • Parish/Public Meetings

  • Focus groups

  • Future Needs Day

  • Photo survey

  • Community Led Plan

  • Planning for real


Consultation and things to consider
Consultation and things to consider.

Where

  • Wide variety of venues

  • Consider the audience

  • Accessibility

When

  • Evening

  • Day

  • Week day

  • Weekend

How

-Think about the who and why before choosing a method.

- Use of different techniques to be inclusive.

- Plan carefully; think about collecting, inputting and analysis.


Think outside the box
Think outside the box…….

Pizza and film night

10 minute chat with a local group

?


Useful tools and resources
Useful Tools and Resources

  • Consultation Toolkit

  • Planning for Real

  • Community Profiles

  • Community Led Plan Toolkit

  • Action Planning and Prioritisation

  • Survey Monkey


THANK YOU

For more information please contact:

Fiona Lowe

[email protected]

01529 301961


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