We think it is really important that local people are able to share their views about the place they live and the services they receive. Shropshire RCC helps local people to get involved in shaping the future of their community by working with groups and organisations to carry out consultation activities, often through the community-led plan process.
A community-led plan is a statement of how a local community sees itself developing in the future. It sets out the needs and aspirations of the community based on the views of the people that actually live there. You may have heard them described as a parish or town plan.
However, the future of community-led planning in Shropshire is under threat. Whilst there is funding available from central government for neighbourhood planning, there is no such provision for parish or town plans. Shropshire Council withdrew its financial aid in April 2016, so any plan will have to be paid for from Parish or Town Council funds.
Our specialist expertise is available to help with:
Setting up: We can work with community groups and Parish or Town Councils to help set up public meetings. We can help you to form a local steering group and recruit volunteers to get your community-led plan process going.
Consultation: We can help you to choose a variety of consultation methods that give everyone in your community the opportunity to take part. We can support you to develop questionnaires and run community events.
Data collection: We can host your questionnaires online and offer a data inputting and analysis service using specialist survey software. We can help you to understand the findings from your consultation activities.
Action planning: We can help you to turn your findings into actions, supporting you to identify where the community can take action itself and where you may need support from other organisations, such as the Local Authority.
Charges apply for some of these services. The ‘setting up’ stage is free of charge. Charges apply for:
- organising and facilitating consultation events,
- designing, inputting and analysing questionnaires
- interpreting and reporting findings
Please contact us for more information or to discuss the type of support you need.
We can also help with more specialist consultation activities, such as understanding the need for play facilities or identifying support for a community-owned shop or pub. If you think we could help your group identify the need for a new initiative, please get in touch.