Do you participate, volunteer, work, help or lead at the heart of a community in South Lanarkshire?
Perhaps you have an idea to foster community spirit, a project you’ve already instigated or could use some help with in moving forward?
Maybe you’re the driving force - or even just lending a hand - to a community initiative, club or project that brings folk together or makes a real difference to their lives, however big or small?
If any of the above chime, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership (SLH&SCP) would like you to come along to one of a series of special events focused on helping communities build on their strengths and create or rekindle helpful connections.
Val de Souza, Director of Health and Social Care of SLH&SCP, is leading on a programme of Building and Celebrating Communities. Val explains that the primary aim of the events is improving lives in South Lanarkshire - by focusing on the existing strengths in our neighbourhoods and communities.
“The spirit of partnership working has been long established in South Lanarkshire and there’s an abundance of good work already underway in our communities,” explained Ms de Souza.
“We want to recognise and celebrate what’s going on already and build on that good work.”
Ms de Souza added: “To enable this, the events in June will have three key aims. Firstly, we want to identify what it is that communities can and are doing best on their own. Not everything needs involvement from big agencies and this is not about reinventing the wheel or interfering. If anything, we want to celebrate what’s working – whilst being mindful many people want to help each other out without making a fuss.
“Secondly, we want to try and identify where communities require help. Sometimes this may require a very light touch, making a connection or offering minimal assistance to get an initiative, formal or otherwise, off the ground, like a sporting group or befriending network. Sometimes it may require a bit more assistance or involvement for a longer period of time.
“Thirdly, we want to identify what communities need SLH&SCP and partner agencies to do for them, initially or on an ongoing basis - and take a leading role in making that happen.
“These seminars are action orientated. From the findings we want to prioritise a programme of work – so it’s important anyone with an interest in further developing their community, no matter how big or small, attends. We’d be delighted to see you there.”
The series of four workshops will be held in each of South Lanarkshire’s four respective localities. Lunch will be provided.
Attendance is free and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
To book a place contact Giuliana Gustinelli on 01698 453700 or email:
South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership combines the expertise of a host of agencies including NHS Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire Council, the voluntary and independent sector as well as unpaid carers.
Cormac Russell, a world-leading thinker on community-driven change, will lead local seminars in South Lanarkshire.
SLH&SCP’s Building and Celebrating Communities programme will be based on the principles of Asset-based community development (ABCD).
ABCD challenges the wider traditional approaches that try to solve urban and rural development challenges by focusing on the needs and deficiencies of individuals, and communities.
ABCD demonstrates that people, local assets and individual strengths are key to ensure sustainable community development, and that people have a life of their own choosing.
Over the last 20 years Cormac Russell has worked in over 30 countries around the world.
He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.
He is passionate about the growth of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible.
His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.
Maria Docherty, of South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We look forward to welcoming Cormac to our partnership. I think he’ll be impressed by the work that’s already happening across our communities and the potential to build and celebrate.”
Have a sneak preview of Cormac in action by watching his TED talk: