Covid-19 Impact and Recovery

The Sutherland Community Partnership (SCP) are aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted communities across Sutherland to varying degrees.  As a result the Sutherland Adaptive and Collaborative Communities (SACC) project must respond accordingly.  The first phase of the SACC project is to undertake this Survey to review priorities which were previously identified and assess their relevance against the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic at a local and county level. 

The SACC project work will reflect the Priority and Additional Themes identified within this Survey to support communities recover from the impact of Covid-19. 

Sutherland Community Engagement Project - 2019

In 2018 the SCP, in partnership with the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust (KoSDT), launched the Community Engagement project, funded by the Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund (ACF).

The outcome of this project was the creation of Locality Plans for five priority areas identified across Sutherland which were published in 2019.   These priority areas were identified, based on a range of data sources, as Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale, Creich and Kinlochbervie.

During the project, the SCP recognised that other areas in the county would benefit from a similar consultation.  The Community Engagement team carried out additional work across Sutherland and additional Community Plans were published. 

To see the individual Plans please visit the Sutherland Community Partnership website.

Sutherland Adaptive and Collaborative Communities Project - 2020

Building on the success of the Community Engagement project the SCP has been successful in a further application to the Aspiring Communities Fund.  Delivered in partnership with KoSDT again the SCP was delighted to start the Sutherland Adaptive and Collaborative Communities project in August 2020. 

The SACC project is informed by the Locality and Community Plans published in 2019 and will feature collaborative and community-led working.  Focussing on the five Locality Plan areas the Project Team will work with the Locality Groups to empower communities to drive development forward by identifying and planning specific community-led projects aimed at tackling identified priorities to deliverable stage.

The project will also work across Sutherland by developing theme-based projects aimed at tackling inequalities and further priorities across the county.  The project aims to bring new or enhanced services to some of the most vulnerable and hardest to reach communities through partnership and collaborative working, in particular it will target lone parent households, the unemployed or people on low incomes.

Please note the closing date for completing the online Survey has been extended to Friday 9th October 2020.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the Survey.