Involving everyone

There are many ways in which a community can be defined and community groups work with a wide range of people.  This includes people with disabilities, older people, black and minority ethnic (BME) people, young people, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual (LGBT). Even if your group is not focused on working with one particular group, you are likely to work with a variety of different people within your community.  The following resources should help when thinking about how best to support everyone in the wider community.




Age Scotland

Age Scotland logoAge Scotland is a national charity that supports more than 1100 community groups across Scotland, provides information and advice, tackles loneliness and isolation and much more. The Age Scotland website contains information on the charity's community development work and Community Connecting service.



BEMIS logoThe role of BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland) is to support organisations or individuals who face discrimination because of race, culture, colour, language or faith. BEMIS's activities include capacity building, co-ordination and strategic influence, and identifying and addressing areas for targeted support and development.


CEMVO Scotland

CEMVO logoCEMVO Scotland (Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations) has developed a database network of over 600 ethnic minority voluntary sector organisations throughout Scotland to which it delivers a wide range of capacity building support programmes.


Deafblind Scotland

Deafblind Scotland logoDeafblind Scotland raises awareness of both the needs and potential of deafblind people in Scotland and works to ensure that deafblind people can fully participate in society and have access to appropriate services.


Enable Scotland

Enable logoSupports and campaigns for people with learning disabilities, putting people at the heart of provision.


Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility

Poster for improving accessibility for people who have low visionA series of posters which give pointers on how to make services accessible to a range of groups facing particular barriers, from people on the autistic spectrum to people with physical disabilities.


Equality & Human Rights Commission

The EHRC have produced a guide for voluntary and community organisations on how they can ensure they are meeting equality law.EHRC logo


Equality datagrid

The Scottish Government has created a helpful grid that you can use to find any equality policies in relation to both equality characteristic and policy areas.


Guidance on Improving Physical and Social Accessibility

Improving Physical and Social Accessibility coverConcise guide from Renfrewshire Access Panel in partnership with Renfrewshire Council on things you need to think about to make your activities as inclusive as possible.


LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Youth Scotland logoLGBT Youth Scotland works to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBT youth and LGBT communities in Scotland through a range of services including advice and information services and national initiatives.


Outside the Box

Outside the Box logoOutside the box provides training and support to to people from communities in Scotland who want to make changes.  It has a good suite of resources that can guide community groups through working with disabled people, older people, people who are living with the consequences of poverty or social isolation, carers and people who are also experiencing additional barriers as a consequence of age, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.


See Me

See Me logoSee Me have developed and produced an number of resource packs for communities to help you make sustained change around mental health in your community.


Sense Scotland

Sense Scotland logoSense Scotland works with children and adults who have communication support needs because of deafblindness, sensory impairment, learning and physical disabilities. They also provide communication and innovative support services for people who are marginalised because of challenging behaviour, health care issues and the complexity of their support needs.