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Helping groups to help themselves
We will not 'do your project for you' but provide help so that your group and your project can be as independent and free standing as possible, for the long term.

Getting people together
We have learned that there is much to be gained from sharing. We hold meetings on specific topics of local interest, and can put you in touch with other people who are working on similar activities.


Giving the area a voice
BPL is recognised as a Local Rural Partnership by the Scottish Executive. We are asked regularly to act as a sounding-board for local views for government in Edinburgh, Europe and Aberdeen.


Advice and support services
We can help with:
Setting Up - what type of group should you be?
Working Effectively - how to meet, communicate and raise your profile.
Business & Project Planning - start-up and ongoing
Fundraising Advice and Bid-writing
Research on Government Policy - how you fit in, and how it helps in planning your activities and raising money
How to Conduct Market Research - practical ways to show local demand
How to Undertake Local Research - e.g. Writing Questionnaires
Putting you in touch with other groups, agencies and specialists - the 'man who can'

If you need help with any of the above, call us and arrange an appointment for a staff member to meet at a time which is convenient to your group.

Support for large projects
This works best when our staff are involved all the way through a project, from the ideas stage onwards - this doesn't mean we have to be around at every meeting, and as you get more confident you won't needs us so much. But it does help to keep us involved - if we have all the information, we can give you the best possible advice, and help solve any problems that occur.


Join us!
Together we are stronger. Membership is free, renewable yearly and is open to any organisation that supports the aims of the Partnership and
anyone over 18, resident in the area

Please contact us on 01261 843598 or E-mail: bpl.contact@tiscali.co.uk for an Application Form.

Support for an active community

Effective Community Projects - Training
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