Some of the members of Lochalsh Collaboration discussing how to approach our consultation in Lochalsh
In January 2019 KLCT met with local community groups and Community Councils to start a Lochalsh-wide conversation on local needs and priorities. This led to regular meetings supported and facilitated by the Scottish Communities Development Centre, where representatives from the various community council area received training on Community Empowerment legislation, consultation methods and tools and started work on designing a community-led consultation for Lochalsh.
In June 2019, representatives of the various groups and Community Councils signed a Working Agreement and the group successfully applied to the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities Fund. This funding allowed for recruitment of a Community Development Officer for over 2 years who will work with the community of Lochalsh to design and undertake the consultation, develop Community-led Action Plan(s) and start developing projects in the area.
In April 2020, Susan Walker joined KLCT as the newly appointed Community Development Officer. Due to the Covid emergency, her time has initially been fully allocated to support Covid response in Lochalsh, however as of June 2020, Susan is slowly starting to direct some of her time to preparing the consultation and adapting the project to work around Covid-related restrictions.
Time frame: October 2018 – ongoing
Funders: Investing in Communities Fund