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Unfortunately, there is no standard out of the box community planning blueprint. As each area is uniquely shaped by its people, culture and surroundings, the approach will be different for every community or neighbourhood.

VP groups can pick and choose recipes that would work best for their communities.

This cookbook which is constantly being updated, lists various recipes from A-Z on how to undertake community planning

How do you get started with community planning?

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Key elements of community-led planning

1. Strong leadership

Planning should be led by a group from the community that has credibility with the different sections of the community. The group must balance the interest of all stakeholders.

2. Community engagement

The community or locality should be involved in every step of the planning process. Isolated groups should be given a voice.

3. Strong evidence base

An effective plan is based on the views of the people which are grounded in evidence of real issues and aspirations.

4. Vision

A clear vision for the future will inform the way ahead. It should be grounded and must relate to opportunities and the the local context.

5. Action plans

the vision should be translated into a an action plan with clear objectives and priorities.

Good practice in undertaking participatory community planning workshops

A good representation of communities

A wide range of different people analyse issues, opportunities and risks

Facilitators should be listening and not imposing their views. They should recognize that people are most knowledgeable of their own life than any one else.

All stakeholders should show respect, patience and willingness to learn and find out their roles in community development.

The planning workshops are a continuous learning process for all.

Presentations and facilitation of the workshop should be done using appropriate tools (ie drawings, charts, pictures) and ensure that everybody can follow the discussions.

Participants should be given as much responsibility as possible during the workshop, such as involving them when preparing charts, drawing pictures, etc.

Focus on what is important and avoid trying to find out more than what is required for the planning activities.

A good documentation of the workshop is essential. Use flowcharts, matrix or tables to summarise the key findings and conclusions made during the discussions.

Flaxroots is a priority initiative of the North Shore Community and Social Services funded under the Community Development Scheme of the Department of Internal Affairs