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Maximising Community Assets: Housing Seminars

Background / Cùl-Fiosrachaidh

Maximising Community Assets (MCA) develops the skills and knowledge of organisations involved in community ownership of income-generating assets.  It can help with costs to:

  • attend a conference or event
  • go on a study or exchange visit
  • run a training seminar

The Partnership / An Compàirteachas
The Purpose / An Rùn

Developing community-led affordable housing is complex and challenging…but it can be done.

To provide inspiration, highlight support available and share best practice, we worked with local communities and a range of partners to deliver three successful seminars, detailed below.  A further two events are planned in the Outer Hebrides and Caithness & Sutherland.


HIE's Contribution and Role / Cuideachadh bho HIE agus dleasdanas

We supported each community organisation to develop and host their seminars.  This included securing input from relevant agencies and intermediary organisations.  The community host ensured the seminar addressed local needs and involved their networks to maximise wider benefit and participation.  Through MCA we funded the direct costs of each event, including travel and subsistence for community participants – a number of attendees travelled from outwith the area.  We paid a modest management fee to the host group and secured funding and in-kind contributions from partners where possible.

Expected Outcomes / Na Builean

This partnership approach delivers bespoke, high quality events locally.  It also provides excellent value for money.  As well as building capacity of the host organisation and attendees, we strengthen our partnerships with other agencies, intermediaries and community organisations.  Increasingly, communities are learning from communities, which we pro-actively encourage.  From this seminar series we expect the following outcomes:

  • 5 seminars delivered
  • 100 participants gaining knowledge
  • 50 community organisations represented
  • 30 partner organisations involved
  • £100 average cost per community participant

Contact for further information / Tuilleadh fios bho:

Pam Noble, Tel. 01520 722024

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