We were established in 1984 as a charity and not-for-profit social enterprise.
We work with urban and rural community and voluntary groups across the region in support of their work to influence and shape the planning and development of their communities. We also independently facilitate public and community consultation on planning and public services issues. All of our work is underpinned by our commitment to inclusion, targeting need, equality, and equity. Much of our advice and support for groups is free. Where we need to charge a fee we only do so when funding is available and agree this with groups in advance.
The organisation was established in 1984 (under its previous name Community Technical Aid). It is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors who are elected annually from our membership. We currently have a membership of over 250 community and voluntary groups and networks from across the region. Membership is also open to individuals who support our aims and objectives. The organisation currently employs seven staff to provide our services to groups and individuals.
- Provides advice to community groups and individuals on planning and related issues;
- Supports and promotes Community Planning;
- Facilitates community engagement in projects, programmes and policy making.