The Community Partnership is an independent charity and a membership organisation that brings together community groups big and small from across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
In February 2021 the membership of the Community Partnership took the difficult decision to wind up at the end of March.
Since its establishment in 2003, the Community Partnership has provided much-needed support over a period when little support of this nature was available to National Park communities. They have helped to prepare community action plans, supported Community Development Trusts, provided project delivery support, delivered Park-wide projects as well as communications and networking opportunities. Most recently, the Partnership supported the Covid-19 response to communities in and around the National Park.
Over recent years, there have been significant changes to national priorities and policies, the funding landscape and the local operating environment in which we all work – especially the refreshed and urgent focus on the Climate Emergency, nature crisis, and the Scottish Government’s commitment towards a fair and green recovery from Covid-19.
Based on these factors and after considering the recommendations from an independent review commissioned by the National Park Authority, Community Partnership and Countryside Trust (the other charitable organisation supported by the National Park Authority), it was agreed that a single charity would be the best way forward. The Boards of the Community Partnership and the Countryside Trust have therefore negotiated a solution that will see the closure of the Partnership and strengthening of the Countryside Trust to build on its existing work in and for communities supported by the National Park Authority.
From April 2021 the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust will take on an increased role that includes improved communications with communities on core topics and closer working with community groups in achieving positive actions to address the climate and biodiversity crises.
The National Park Authority will continue to provide support and funding to the Countryside Trust, who deliver projects that are part-funded through other sources.
All Community Development Trusts and Community Councils in the National Park will be eligible to join the Trust as full members and the Trust will seek to extend their community representation by having a minimum of three community-based Directors out of a total of nine.
Find out more about the work of the Countryside Trust.
The National Park Authority will also continue to engage and work with communities.
Find out more about how we can support National Park communities.
Both the National Park Authority and the Countryside Trust will be in contact with community organisations around the National Park to discuss this in more detail over the next few months. For any further information then please contact us.