Community learning from an extraordinary year

2020 was a year of considerable challenge and change for communities across Scotland. However, it has also been a time of people coming together to support one another, and people-led action has been front and centre to the responses across the communities Corra Foundation works alongside as part of the Getting Alongside Communities programme which is delivered in partnership with Lankelly Chase and The Tudor Trust.

This latest report shares learning and reflections from Corra’s place-based programme. The report captures insights from Corra’s Community Co-ordinators and the people they work alongside, highlighting key themes from across the nine communities.

The 2020 insights report reflects on the ways community initiatives have adapted during the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges communities have experienced. The report captures some of the extraordinary efforts of communities responding to the crisis and the role of Community Co-ordinators working to support local responses, including helping to connect people with other networks and emergency funding.

As well as this latest insight report, each of the nine communities Corra works alongside also has an annual update that captures the learning from the past year and looks ahead to what’s next for communities as they begin to recover and build forward better from the pandemic. All nine of the Getting Alongside Communities Annual Updates are available to read online, where you can also find out more about Corra Foundation’s People in Place programme.


Notes to editor:

1. Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. It works with others to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Corra wants to see a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.

In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a different on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen. You can read the full strategy here:

2. People in Place is currently working alongside nine communities in Scotland, supporting local people to connect, collaborate on ideas, and take action to create positive change.

3. Collaboration is at the heart of good place-based working and underpins the People in Place programme.  Other funders – including The Tudor Trust and Lankelly Chase – have an equal investment in the Getting Alongside Communities programme and a shared interest in a new approach to tackling deep-roote

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