Twinning Towns- A Boost to Local Resilience

November 10, 2016

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By Pauline Radcliffe, Carnegie Associate

Last week saw the annual Scotland’s Towns conference take place in Kirkcaldy. Town practitioners and policy makers met to discuss how resilience and connectivity can contribute to the health of their communities.

Twin townsThe Carnegie UK Trust is inviting town communities across the UK to participate in its new pilot ‘Twin Towns UK’ initiative. The project aims to take a fresh approach to the well-established ‘twinning’ concept by pairing towns across the UK with similar characteristics or socio-economic challenges, to consider how to make positive change in their communities.

The initiative’s support for up to 10 towns ‘matched’ into 5 twinning partnerships will give communities the resources, support and space to think through the issues that threaten their own ‘place’ by enabling collaboration rather than isolation with a partner community, which will inevitably introduce fresh approaches and ways of thinking that nurture self-reliant approaches to sustaining the future of their home ‘place’.  Whether solutions focus on addressing community confidence, education, housing, health and wellbeing, social care or youth engagement – there are a wealth of opportunities to explore as a participant in the programme.

Twin Towns UK will support – through finance and expert advice – to trial bilateral ‘twinning’ arrangements over an 18 month period.  Applications are invited through a simple application form until 25 November 2016 from interested organisations that represent their town in some capacity, that know the challenges their town is facing and want to find solutions through collaboration.

Please contact Pauline Radcliffe at [email protected] to discuss your ideas.