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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.

Setting up a Core Group - Why do you need a core group?

Core groups (you can use your own name such as steering committee, steering group, advisory group) can:

Look at the big picture in different lenses

Drive the project forward

Monitor the progress of the activities and tasks

Provide a forum for discussion

Provide effective ways of getting things done

How to setup a core group

Consider the composition of the group. Brainstorm weather to form a large or small group.

On the onset, gather a few people to work with, who will help lead the process through the initial setting up stage. Identify people who have contacts in the area and ones who represent different skills and interests.

The core group can be initiated by one person asking one more, and then brainstorming who else should be in the group. On the other hand, it may come from a public meeting and asking people to step forward if they are interested in being part of the leadership group.

Invite people who are committed to the cause of the group, have practical knowledge he/she is willing to share, will champion your cause and would volunteer his/her time to make things happen.

Identify tasks and responsibilities of members

What makes a good core group?

Members need to be enthusiastic about the project and committed to championing its cause. A good core group should:

Make clear to members what their responsibilities are

Rotate the chairing of meetings

Include external representatives

Ensure clarity of both individual and group tasks

Produce effective documentation

Meet regularly

Appoint a chairperson/facilitator

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