The aim of the Community Regeneration Toolkit is to provide support for community groups to develop local partnerships and implement strategies and action plans that promoted the economic development of their community.
Specifically, it offers assistance in the form of revenue and capital grants in addition to a network of consultants with various skills and expertise to contribute to capacity building, training and support for developing partnerships and the employment of a development officer where appropriate for the community.
The Community Regeneration Toolkit was developed in the context of the WDA’s Community Regeneration Policy as a flexible approach to work with and through integrated partnership at a regional and local level, so that priorities are agreed and all possible resources are mobilised and commitment enhanced. At the heart of the Toolkit concept is the notion of moving individual communities over time along a development trajectory through providing appropriate support at each stage. The underlying aim at each stage is to build capacity, that is the communities’ own abilities to mobilise, identify and address development tasks. The key mechanism at all stages is the use of intra- and extra-community partnerships.
In short, the Tookkit provides a scaffold within which communities can be re-built.