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But why here?

This half-day seminar, held in Edinburgh on 20 November 2007, officially launched a practical resource pack called 'But Why Here?' on community engagement, developed with support from Communities Scotland. The seminar was also an early opportunity to learn about some of the key issues featured in the pack including planning, methods for community engagement, dealing with media and troubleshooting.

Gavin Corbett , Policy Manager at Shelter Scotland, gave the first presentation, explaining the background to the pack and the key issues in community engagement.

Gavin was followed by Colin Duff , Consultant at Clear Plan (UK) Ltd, who talked about the research undertaken to develop the pack and its main uses in helping staff to manage community engagement effectively.

Barbara Anderson , Homelink Officer, Glasgow Homelessness Partnership, looked at community engagement from a developer's perspective, using the Partnership's experience in developing a range of accommodation for vulnerable people.

Finally, Hugh McClung , Member of Craigs Community Council, gave a community perspective on some of the key issues involved in a proposed hostel development in the Stirling area and some of the lessons learned from this experience.

You can download their presentations here:

But why here? Setting the scene
Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter Scotland

But why here? A resource pack for community engagement
Colin Duff, Consultant, Clear Plan (UK) Ltd

Community engagement - a developer's perspective
Barbara Anderson, Homelink Officer, Glasgow Homelessness Partnership

Community engagement - a community perspective
Hugh McClung, Craigs Community Council

Following the presentations delegates had the opportunity discuss how they would approach a community engagement scenario using some of the recommendations in the pack. The seminar finished with a question and answer session.