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Action for Change Scotland

Fife region - Scotland - United Kingdom - Europe
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Action for Change
Mike Trevett
mike@actionforchange.net
+44 (0)1259 730916
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English
About this Mapmaker

Action for Change is a social enterprise (not for profit) and we specialize in Community Engagement. We like Green Maps because the process of map-making and the resulting map really help communities (that may often have many social problems), map 'the things that make life worthwhile'. We have developed a way of linking issues raised in community maps into the local government 'community planning system' to help push forward community regeneration.

Statement of Purpose

Communities are often given a 'value' based around real estate prices, crime statistics and employment. These values do not coincide with those amenities that are highlighted by the residents of those communities, which often include good neighbors, community facilities, local walks or open green places - these rarely find their way onto any map until Green Maps came along.

We provide map workshop sessions in local schools with children of all ages, youth groups and any other community group that would like to share their stories with us. While working towards a positive 'green map' we quickly found that participants also wanted to discuss issues that were not so good. We now produce a separate community safety map that feeds into the local government policy to help push forward community regeneration.

We are working on two map projects one in Fife and the other in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. Fife is a large region of 500 sq. miles. It is too large to map in one go, so we are starting with a pilot project in the West Fife Villages. Most of the areas covered by the pilot project are ex coal mining communities. We have been funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to carry out the work. We will be working with all members of the community, especially hard to reach groups such as young people.

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