Defining Your Community


Defining Your Community

Community Involvement MODULE

Why define your community?

Defining your community is an important first step in planning and organising community action. Being able to define and describe the key characteristics of your community will allow you to understand the dynamics of your community, and to track changes over time.

There are two main factors to consider:

Firstly, you have to consider geography. How would you describe your community within the natural landscape? How spread out or compact are your community members from each other or from the village/town centre? How do transport and accessibility affect community members?

Secondly, consider household demographics. What is the population like in the households within your community? Consider age structure, poverty/income, employment status, main employment categories or educational attainment. There are resources out there which can help you gather data on your community in terms of various demographics factors.


Case Studies

Ross of Mull and Iona Community Plan

Detailed overview of defined community is provided in the Ross of Mull & Iona written report, pages 4 – 8.

Provides an overview of population, physical infrastructure, business, employment and the economy, culture and heritage, community facilities and social infrastructure, with a detailed section on each element.

Glenbarr Community Investment Video

Gives a summarised overview of the defined community which can sit alongside the community plan and is more accessible for a wider audience. 

Glenbarr Community Investment Plan

Gives a good example of the defined community.

Pages 1 – 2 of the plan provide a summary of defined community in terms of geography and population context (households, demographics, physical infrastructure, etc).

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