In November 2022, we organised the second Dufftown & District Community Forum. The aim of the forum was to identify community priorities and discuss next steps. 32 individuals attended the meeting and a diverse range of community groups and other organisations were represented.
Two members from the youth committee at Speyside Youth took photos and videos of the meeting and made a video about it. It is a fabulous piece of work and it was great to see local youth get involved with the forum. You can watch the video on our Facebook page.
During the first half of the meeting, participants were asked to write down their top priority for Dufftown & District they would like to see people and groups work together on. Below is a word cloud created with all the participants’ priorities. The larger the word, the more frequent it had been written down as a priority.
In the second part of the meeting, the priorities were divided into 5 themes as outlined in the Dufftown & District Community Action Plan 2021-2026:
- Environment and Heritage
2. Community, Youth and Recreation
3. Local Economy and Tourism
4. Sustainable & Resilient Community
5. Access to Services
Everyone was invited to select a topic they were most interested in. Working in groups, participants were asked to discuss the priorities and make a time-line between now and two years from now.
The Community Forum in November 2022 showed that there is a wealth of ideas among the community on community development in Dufftown and District, as well as an impressive list of projects and services already taking place. This meeting further identified the top priorities and highlighted the collaborative spirit among community groups and residents.
If you want to read a more in-depth summary of the meeting, you can download the Meeting notes.