The big picture
Many community groups quite rightly focus on their local community - understanding local issues and priorities and working together to do something about these.
At the same time, most groups want to keep an eye on what is happening beyond their communities. Regional, national and global developments all have an impact on our lives. What we do at a local level is shaped by, and also shapes, what is happening in the 'wider world'.
However, it's not always easy to stay on top of all this as busy group working on local issues. This section of Communities Channel Scotland tries to help with this!
Our aim is to provide straightforward introductions to legislation, government programmes and programmes by other agencies which might be relevant to your community group. You will also be able to click on links to find out more detailed information.
Use the navigation menu on the left hand side of the page to select features you are interested in. If there are aspects of policy and practice you would like to learn about which you can't find here, please let us know and we'll try to get them up!
If you're looking for more in-depth policy coverage, you might want to check the Opinion and Debate section of SCDC's website. This contains SCDC policy briefings, consultation responses and discussion papers, many of which have direct relevance to community groups in Scotland.
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