Duneaton Community Council (DCC) is a collection of local representatives who provide a voice for six rural villages and communities in the South Lanarkshire area. They had recently obtained funding from the Clyde Wind Farm Extension Fund to benefit the diverse needs of the local area. Each village has their own unique benefits and challenges, so they need to engage with the community to hear their ideas and challenges.
Through a competitive tendering process, DCC chose us to engage with their community. They liked our creative approach to the project, and our previous community engagement projects showed that we had a clear understanding of DCC’s requirements. We showed DCC examples of our past work that positioned us as leaders in delivering quality reports.
DCC wanted to effectively engage with their community and were open to ideas of how this could be done. Prior to this project, DCC had limited interaction with the community. Not all residents were aware of the purpose of DCC and many were disengaged. This meant when it came to distributing funds for community projects, they didn’t know what would be the most beneficial for the people they represent.
We saw this as an opportunity to provide DCC with information that would support several functions rather than for just the current funding. It was an opportunity to engage people at a grassroots level to support long term resident engagement.