Next Steps for Community Engagement

This event will examine the latest policy developments and good practice in community engagement.


The National Standards for Community Engagement were originally launched in 2005 as a set of good practice principles designed to ‘develop and support better working relationships between communities and agencies delivering public services’.

With the standards recently being revised and updated, a growing range of practice, along with the ongoing implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - how can we and improve engagement to develop better participation, services and outcomes?

Key learning objectives

  • Learn about the latest policy priorities for community engagement and participation
  • Receive an overview of the revised National Standards for Community Engagement
  • Gain insights into good practice in empowering communities to engage and participate fully in the democratic process


09:15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Rt Hon Henry McLeish, Former First Minister of Scotland

Session one: Policy update - Community engagement in Scotland

10:05 The National Standards for Community Engagement in Scotland

  • The context for community engagement in Scotland
  • The revision process and the content of the revised Standards
  • How the Standards can be used in the current context

David Allan, Deputy Director, Scottish Community Development Centre

10:30 Questions and discussion

10:50 Refreshments and networking


Session two: Morning workshop

11:15 "How good is your Community Engagement...developing support to improve your community engagement"

  • Aim of session - For participants to understand the importance of good community engagement and identify how the refreshed National Standard for Community Engagement can support their local practice.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand why community engagement is so important in supporting Community Plans
  • Reviewed their own local community engagement and identified strengths and weaknesses of their own community engagement practice.
  • Be aware of the refresh of the National Standards for Community Engagement and how they can be used to improve their own community engagement practice

Led by David McGrath, Team Leader, Community Learning and Development (Levenmouth), Fife Council, and Co-ordiantor, Fife Community Engagement Champions Network

12:25 Lunch and networking


Session three: Good practice seminar

13:15 North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership - Engaging Communities Through Locality Partnerships

  • This presentation gives an overview on North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership's journey in creating Locality Partnerships, in conjunction with our local communities 
  • It explains how we are linking in with the national agenda and identifying local priorities for us to tackle collectively

Dr Audrey Sutton, Head of Service, Connected Communities, North Ayrshire Council

Morna Rae, Community Planning Team Leader, North Ayrshire Council

13:35 Community Links – Engagement in Practice

The presentation will:

  • Briefly introduce Community Links and its background
  • Detail current engagement activities – specifically the community development activities carried out in the top 5% SIMD areas and the critical role of volunteers
  • Identify a few key learning points relating to area based community development and volunteers as well as some case studies/volunteer & client journeys
  • Highlight the importance of volunteers and their ongoing development

Francesca Lynch, Community Involvement Officer, Community Links (South Lanarkshire)

13:55 Scottish Health Council and Our Voice

  • An insight to the organisation
  • The principles of the Our Voice Framework
  • A brief input regarding Participation

Jeff Holt, Area Manager, Scottish Health Council 

Adrian Rootes, Area Manager, Scottish Health Council 

14:15 Questions and discussion

14:40 Comfort break


Session four: Afternoon workshop

In this workshop, led by the Kelly McBride, Project Officer, and Alistair Stoddart, Scotland Network Manager, The Democratic Society, delegates will draw upon learning from across the day to consider the next steps in implementing the standards and how we can improve public engagement, participation and outcomes.

14:50 Session begins

15:50 Chair's closing remarks

15:55 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue and costs

Event location: NASUWT Centre, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4JD

Delegate rates

Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)

Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)

Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

For more information please contact Craig Flannigan, by email or phone 0131 285 1691

19 January 2017



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