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Community based decision making


The empowerment of communities – of place and interest - to design public services to suit their needs has currently strong political support. Measures to facilitate this process are underway in some sectors. This approach offers scope for significant further development.

Current projects

Sutherland Youth Conference

The Sutherland Partnership in collaboration with VGES, CVS North, Highlife Highland and the Sutherland Youth Forum are consulting with young people in Sutherland in order to stage a Sutherland wide Youth Conference 2012.


Past projects

O4O: Older People for Older People

A European Union Northern Periphery Project which worked with communities to identify the unmet needs of older people. Two Sutherland enterprises emerged T4T: Transport for Tongue and Community Care Assynt.

Useful links

Scottish Government - Community Empowerment

Scottish Government - Community Planning

Highland Council - Community Planning

A list of actions of the Development and Action Plan gives more details of the actions identified and those being carried out.

If you would like further information or would like to comment on the Development and Action Plan please contact Fiona Mackenzie, Development Officer on 01549 402 646 or at