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Crieff Community Trust was set up in 2013 as a community led development organisation working to bring about local improvements based on priorities set out in the town’s first Community Action Plan.
The Trust has charitable status with a membership of local residents: the Board is made up of elected volunteers resident in the area. One of the key priorities was to tackle the vacant buildings in the town centre and find ways to repurpose them. The Trust worked on plans to set up a co-working space and work in partnership with other bodies to develop tourist accommodation and affordable housing.
How we helped
The focus of the intervention was to work with the whole Board to build capacity. A series of facilitated sessions was used to work through the key issues. These were delivered over several weeks and following these, one final session was held with a steering group and staff to look at how to put project planning into action in practical terms.
What was the outcome?
The workshops helped give the organisation focus: the staff and Board feel more unified and clearer about what they needed to achieve over the next 12 months and more able to communicate that externally. The co-working space has a project plan with agreed actions and milestones, and a communications and events strategy has been developed to ensure local residents are engaged and informed.
A word from Crieff Community Trust
“The workshops have really helped take us in the right direction by allowing us time to refocus and consider our mission and values as a board. We now have clear statements that reflect what we want to achieve.” Mirela MacInnes, Board member