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Community Councils

Training and development for community council members

How members can access training and development from East Renfrewshire Council.

Group needs assessments are an excellent mechanism to establish community councils' training and development needs. Community councils should request the council to deliver this service periodically. It is an ongoing and continual process, to ensure knowledge and confidence levels are sustained. This Guidance Manual forms part of that vital engagement with the council.

The aim of training and development

To enable members of community councils to develop their individual skills. To build their capacity to engage with public agencies and acquire new skills, thus enabling each member to participate as fully as possible in the work of the community council to benefit their communities.  Training was discussed at the community councils welcome event in December 2015, to determine which training topics were the most important to community council members.

Between March and May 2016, the following programme of training sessions had been offered to community council members.  If any community council or individual community council members would like further training in any of these topics, or in another area. please contact:  

  • Running effective and efficient Community Councils
  • Promoting the work of your Community Council
  • Listening and Responding to your Community
  • Working in Partnership
  • Funding
  • Understanding the Revised Scheme of Establishment


  • Appropriate to the needs of the individual
  • Responsive to the needs of the members of the community council

Varied Delivery of Training

Contact the council's Team with responsibility for community council development to discuss your training needs:

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