Skills for Rural Community Development

A Guide For Practice:

This guide aims to provide a framework for understanding how community development approaches and skills can be beneficial in supporting rural communities to be sustainable, viable and supportive of a good quality of community life, at a time where such communities confront several challenges: economic, environmental and social. It is built around the characteristics of ‘dynamic, engaged, vibrant, sustainable rural communities’ as identified in the Carnegie Charter for Rural Communities, and the model of community development is based on the earlier work of the Skills Consortium across the UK and Ireland. In preparing the guide we conducted eight studies of a range of community development interventions across rural Scotland. All of these had either been involved in other aspects of the work of the Carnegie Rural Commission, or had been supported through the Scottish Community Action Research Fund.

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References: Scottish Community Development Centre. (n.d). Retrieved from

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