The Community Partnership was originally set up by the National Park Authority in 2004, through the award-winning Community Futures programme, to support communities as they embarked on their ﬁrst community action plans.
The Partnership, a charitable company, went through signiﬁcant change in early 2010 to become a membership organisation accountable to the communities themselves with some support from the Park Authority. Other key agencies are associate members, including Stirling Council, Central Scotland Police and Forestry Commission Scotland.
The Partnership provides support, especially in training, networking and information gathering and sharing. It has a support team of two part-time members of staff, but a vast amount of the work is undertaken by volunteer directors.
The Partnership has built up a valued programme of events and member services, the big event each year being the Community Gathering held on the ﬁrst Saturday in November. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss common issues and challenges.
The Community Partnership also runs a number of Park-wide projects such as the National Park Apprentice Scheme for small businesses in construction and Community Futures Goes Green for communities tackling energy efficiency in homes and community buildings.
For further information about the Partnership visit www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk