Media Release: Online community network reaches important landmark

AN enhanced website is being launched this week to provide communities and individuals across the Highlands and Islands with up to date information and support about how to manage and develop their community land initiatives.

An e-newsletter will be distributed later this month to complement it.

Tarves-based Walking-the-Talk will maintain and develop the Scottish Community Land Network – building on the success of an electronic communications resource piloted over the last two years which was aimed at the community land sector.

The latest website and e-newsletter is being funded by the Community Land Unit at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) which has built a high quality reputation for developing a range of community land initiatives including housing, renewable energy, woodlands and forestry from a grass roots level over the past ten years.

The online resource will include regular features and case studies; details of training events, networking opportunities and courses; a search function and easier site navigation; preparation and submission of a monthly e-newsletter to subscribers; and the development of more effective communication methods for people and groups wanting to take their community land initiatives further.

The three-year project will include monitoring, gathering and presenting information relevant to community land and asset management organisations, agency workers and others in a clear and accessible format. The site’s success will depend on the active involvement of those involved in community land initiatives themselves, who are encouraged to contribute and share best practice.

Claire Hannah, from HIE’s Community Land Unit in Auchtertyre, said: “As community land initiatives are generally run by volunteers, it can be challenging for them to keep abreast of constant changes and developments in government legislation and funding.

“By registering with the new website and e-newsletter, they will be able to access a whole range of information and networking opportunities. This service will also be available to a wider audience of politicians, local government officials and students with valuable information and contacts.”

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