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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.

Planning for community engagement

build relationships with existing community groups and citizens

develop knowledge and capcity about the locality

research the area and communities, understand what else is happening, what will motivate people and what issues exist

communicate as widely as possible to raise awareness and gain momentum. explain the engagement process and why its important to participate

engage as early as posisble and set out a clear timetable for engagement and feedback

manage and monitor engagement and peoples' involvement by building a database

inform people of the decisions

be inclusive to ensure everyone has a chance to participate especially the marginlasied and isolated sectors

continue relationships with community groups and individulas making sure they are well informed and kept updated.

For more information about community engagement, you can visit www.rtpi.org.uk and download the Good Pracrtice Guide to Public Engagement in Development Schemes

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