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Community development

Communities are at the heart of social and economic development throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Focusing on people and place 

Strong, capable and resourceful communities are vital for the social and economic growth of the Highlands and Islands. Our communities generate economic activity, have an important social impact and help to attract new talent to the area.

Our approach to supporting communities is flexible. We listen to you, and collaborate with you, to help you influence long-term change in your own community.

We focus our efforts and invest our resources where we can enhance inclusive growth - growth that benefits everyone - and sustainability. We’re always looking to increase connections between local businesses, public agencies and community organisations.

We encourage an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in the community and social enterprise sector. As part of this, we address market opportunities and social need, supporting fair work practices and resilient business models. 

Browse our full range of support services to see how we can help you. 

Communities in numbers

8,000

voluntary and community groups in our region

73%

of community enterprises been operating for 10 years or more

82%

of community enterprises provide services to public

40%

of community enterprises would like help to attract new talent

How we deliver support to communities and social enterprises

We can help you at every stage of your development. Getting your community benefit idea off the ground, helping you maximise the impact, one off project support and long term community development.

Community development in action

Looking for some inspiration on what communities can achieve in their local areas?

Have a look at our Community Development in Action video. It features a range of different community organisations talking about how they're generating income, creating opportunities for themselves and using people power to build a long term future for locals within their own communities.