Small villages urged to come forward and get involved

Photographed in New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

Photographed in New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

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DUMFRIES and Galloway LEADER Programme is launching a new initiative called Capacity for Change (C4C) which is aimed at helping small, rural communities that have not been previously engaged with Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme.

Capacity for Change (C4C) is a new approach which will see a dedicated project officer working closely with up to 10 rural communities across the region, supporting individuals and groups to develop targeted ideas to make a difference to life in their community. It is envisaged that a whole range of small project ideas could be supported from a related fund which has been ring-fenced for communities with populations below 500 residents.

Ros Halley, Rural Development Manager, D&G LEADER Programme, said: “This ambitious programme is a fundamental shift which will enable us to focus more of our resources on helping and supporting smaller rural communities by providing hands-on support and seed funding to kick-start new collaborative community actions.

“Developed as a key part of the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER programme, Capacity for Change (C4C) aims to challenge preconceptions of small rural communities, use research to influence community direction and strengthen places in the widest possible sense. In short, what we hope to do is to start some kind of chain reaction, by providing the right mix of support and inspiration.”

A new Project Officer has been employed to ensure that the smaller communities of Dumfries & Galloway are able to participate fully. Interested communities across the region are strongly encouraged to contact the new Capacity for Change (C4C) Project Officer, Claudia on 01387 850228 or e-mail claudia.stuerck@dumgal.gov.uk for further information on the project.