Communities set to tool up for the future

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Communities across the East Neuk and Landward area will soon have an ‘Action Plan Toolkit’ to help them start mapping out their future direction.

A programme has been commissioned by the East Neuk Action Plan steering community (ENCAP) to develop a long-term vision for area.

The aim is to maximise the potential to secure resources and assets to deliver community priorities, and involve more people in taking part in shaping the future of their community.

Over the last four months, around 60 different groups and support organisations have taken part in discussing and designing a toolkit that will assist in creating five-year action plans.

The ambition is that every community in the area will work collaboratively with others to develop a long-term vision to guide development for future generations.

East Neuk councillor Elizabeth Riches said: “Communities working together for their own futures is certainly the best way to achieve results and the support that will be available using this well tested toolkit will be most helpful.”

The ENCAP Steering Group is a charitable organisation set up by local volunteers including representatives from the East Neuk communities, business, estates, and third sector organisations Fife Rural Partnership and Fife Voluntary Action.

Irene Wallace, acting secretary, said: “This is a very exciting point in the development of the ENCAP Programme.

“We will shortly be inviting communities to apply to be on the ENCAP programme and we will be providing training for local people and groups to use the toolkit.”

The small group of volunteers has worked hard to get to this point.

It is now keen to recruit a part time project officer who would develop the programme and provide further information to communities, provide a training course on the use of the toolkit for people interested in becoming community agents and other community representatives.

In addition the committee is arranging workshops on matters such as climate change, local development and planning.

“The steering group has welcomed more representatives from communities on to its committee,” said Ms Wallace. “There is a lot to do in the next two years, so it is a very exciting time to get involved.”