We know that there are areas of Scotland where people face multiple, complex challenges; many have borne the brunt of welfare reforms and increasing pressure on public expenditure as a range of issues increasingly impact people’s everyday lives.
The People in Place programme is working to reach these communities, areas that historically have accessed very little charitable funding. It is funded by a partnership of Lankelly Chase, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Tudor Trust and Corra Foundation, who lead the work.
To date the work shows that by enabling locally led solutions to local issues, growth through small incremental changes can be achieved with little if any money. In the long term, Corra Foundation aims to step back from each community as the place develops and grows in confidence, leaving a legacy of change and a sustainable investment strategy in place.
People in Place is currently active in eight communities across seven local authorities, these include:
• Blacklands, North Ayrshire
• Buckhaven, Fife
• Castlehill, West Dunbartonshire
• Cumnock, East Ayrshire
• Dunterlie, East Renfrewshire
• Fernhill, South Lanarkshire
• Langlees, Falkirk
• Methil, Fife
With plans to move into North Lanarkshire and Inverclyde in 2018.
Activities across the areas vary, and depend upon what local people would like to see happen. These activities can range from clothes banks to toy banks and Christmas festivals, coffee mornings to mocktail classes and chair exercise classes.
This work can’t be done by any one agency, it is only by collaborating with as many people and organisations as possible that we can support communities to make the changes they wish to see. Making a difference will take much more than simply redirecting cash; it will rely on a shift in the balance of power so that the people of Scotland are in the driving seat, taking decisions and having more control over their own lives.
People in Place was developed to:
- Connect us with areas where independent funders have not historically reached, despite facing multiple challenges, and where people want change.
- Get alongside communities, listening to and supporting people to come together to share ideas and ultimately achieve local solutions to local issues. We try to reach across communities, making sure we seek out voices which are not being heard.;
- Learn from what people tell us about how funders, policies and systems impact on their community needs and aspirations. We’re using this learning to improve our practice and influence others.
- Collaborate widely to support and enable communities to achieve the changes they want to see. We build relationships with communities, public, private and third sector organisations.
For more information about People in Place, please go to Corra Foundation’s website. The learning from this work will be shared in our blogs and learning page.