Community-led planning

Community action is about putting communities at the heart of their own local services. Involving communities in the design and delivery of services can help to achieve several objectives, including:

  • Building community and social capacity – helping the community to share knowledge, skills and ideas.
  • Community resilience – helping the community to support itself.
  • Prevention – a focus on early access to services or support, with engagement in their design
  • Cross-sector collaboration and partnerships that provide added value.
  • Maintaining and creating wealth – for example helping people into employment or developing community enterprises.

We want to support communities through their post-COVID recovery, via Community-led Planning. We want to help communities build on the positives COVID has brought with it – you're telling us about a renewed sense of community and a strong desire for community action. We hope to support you to develop and maintain resilience by focussing on what is important locally and why.

Community-led Planning enables communities to ask local people what they want and produce an action plan that helps people to take realistic and concrete steps towards the change they want to see. By bringing everyone together to think about what is needed, this tool highlights the skills and resources already available in the community, as well as identifying the gaps and the support required from others to make it happen.

Commonly asked questions about community action

  • I want to do X, how do I do it?
  • Do you or your community have an idea and you need help to get it off the ground?

For example;

  • How do I get the community safely back on the high street after COVID?
  • How can I restart my community group safely?
  • How can I start a Men’s Shed?
  • How could I open a community café?
  • How can I support the wellbeing of my community?
  • My volunteers are tired and need help from more people within the village. How do we become more resilient? 
  • My volunteers are dealing with issues they haven’t faced before like mental health support, hardship and financial worries within the community.
  • How can I enable my volunteers to be more confident in what they are doing?
  • What training and resources are available?
  • What are other groups doing, and how did they achieve that?
  • I want my group to survive without me / I want to hand my work over to someone else.
  • My community conducted a Community-led Plan some time ago, but it needs updating. Community priorities have changed.  How do I go about conducting a new plan?

By completing our South Cambs Community Action Planning Questionnaire we will be able to focus on any support you may require as well as shape the kind of support we can offer more widely.

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