The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is working with local partners to give community groups and organisations the chance to find out more about participation requests, how to make one and what to think about before they do.
As part of this work, they are running a series of FREE workshops across Scotland on participation requests over the summer:
- Monday 21st May at PKAVS, The Gateway Centre, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP
- Thursday 24th May at Voluntary Action Orkney, 6 Bridge Street, Anchor Buildings, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1HR
- Wednesday 30th May at the Carnegie UK Trust, Andrew Carnegie House, Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline, KY12 8AW
- Monday 4th June at The Tannahill Centre, 76 Blackstoun Road, Paisley, PA3 1NT
- Thursday 7th June at Garioch Heritage Centre, Loco Works Road, Inverurie, AB51 4FY
- Monday 11th June at the Angus Carers Centre, 8 Grant Road, Arbroath, DD11 1JN
- Wednesday 13th June at Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, 155 Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LQ
They have also launched an online survey, which should only take 5 minutes to complete, and are looking to hear from community groups and organisations on their experiences of participation requests so far.
Participation requests are a way for people to have their say about improvements they would like to see made to the public services they use. They are part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, which came into force on Saturday 1st April 2017. By making a participation request, a community or voluntary group can start a discussion with organisations in charge of public services, such as hospitals, schools and transport, about how to improve these services.
To submit your response to the online survey, please visit the SurveyMonkey page.
To book your place at any of the workshops, or for further information, please visit the SCDC website.