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Highlands and Islands fragile communities to get online advice

29th January 2010

People working to grow some of the Highlands and Islands most fragile communities are to benefit from free online access to a range of top tips and advice.

The Scottish Community Land Network (SCLN) website, funded by HIE, has published a training package aimed at supporting anyone involved in community driven activities.

The resources cover developing a project idea, through to project implementation and beyond towards future sustainability. There is also advice on the requirements and responsibilities of employing staff, of working with volunteers and in dealing with the media.

The original learning materials were created by Comas, which delivers the workshops on behalf of HIE's Community Land Unit. The website developer, Walking the Talk, has ensured the materials are accessible and easy to use online via the SCLN website.

"The 'Mind your own Business' training materials were developed to support workshops which we hold across the region and so far have reached well over 100 community groups and organisations. These packages are now available online and will be useful reading for anyone interested in helping their communities develop," said Claire Hannah of HIE.

Ruth Campbell of Comas commented: "The range of work being carried out in rural communities is truly inspiring. By putting these resources online we are hoping that it makes it even a little easier for those who work so hard to achieve their aims."

Anyone interested in accessing the resources can do so for free by registering with the network at www.communityland.org.uk

 

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