How can community groups and local authorities work better together?

We’re very excited to be able to share the results of one of our research project looking at the experiences of community groups in their relationships with local authorities.

Many communities groups taking action on climate change have found that local authorities are a key partner in delivering local projects – a positive relationship can ‘open’ the way to success, whilst a negative one can ‘block the way’. This project is the first stage in our work to understand how community groups and local authorities work together, so that we can help to make the relationships and joint projects (even) better.

The report, which was researched and written by consultants Cambium Advocacy on our behalf, describes the results of a survey of community groups, drills down to find out what makes a good relationship and identifies steps which groups can take to improve their relationship. It also presents 4 great case studies of community groups who are working well with their local authority.

You can read the report here – Local Authorities and Community Groups – Report April 2013 (PDF).

We’d love to know what you think about the report, its advice and its recommendations. Please get in touch with us! The Scottish Communities CAN Steering Group is currently planning our next steps – we’ll keep you updated as our plans firm up.

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to Cambium Advocacy, and to the many people and organisations who contributed.