A number of innovations and changes have been agreed by Council yesterday (22 August) to enhance community empowerment and enable improved access to services for our communities.
In line with the Council’s vision values and priorities, a key strand of our organisational transformation programme Be the Future seeks to empower our communities, working more effectively in partnership with communities and groups. As part of this work to empower families and communities, placing them at the heart of service design and decision making, a number of changes for a trial period have been approved including:
Council has also agreed, following informal consultation, the awarding of a £30,000 fund to support community groups that have taken over running community facilities. To assist fledgling groups with developing projects and initial cash flow for items such as utility bills and minor repairs, £6,000 each will be awarded to Alva Development Trust (Cochrane Hall), Clackmannan Town Hall Trust (former Clackmannan CAP), Tullibody Community Development Trust (Tullibody Civic Centre), Dollar Development Trust (Dollar Civic Centre) and Menstrie Community Action Group (Dumyat Centre).
Cllr Helen Lewis, Spokesperson for Partnership & Third Sector said: “These changes to the way the Council works alongside our communities is a welcome milestone in our journey towards empowering our families, a key part of our transformation programme Be the Future. I’m very impressed with all that community groups have already achieved, and we’re committed to continuing to providing practical help so that we can work together to improve the lives of everyone in Clackmannanshire.”