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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.

How to draft a media release

A good media release can help you advertise your project to the right people. Here are some tips in writing a press/media release:

The article should not be more than 2 pages

The most important part of the release should come first followed by less important aspects

Contact details should be at the end of the media release

Press statements should answer the following questions:

• what happened?

• where has it happened?

• why has it happened?

• when has it happened?

• how has it happened?

Present your release in an easy to read format.

Distribute the release to journalists, editorial staff, community groups, local government, individuals, etc.

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