The FACET (Facilitated Community Engagement Training) project has been several years in planning. Now, thanks to funding from Historic Environment Scotland, The Hugh Fraser Fund, Ardross Community Council (Beinn Tharsuinn windfarm benefit fund), a legacy from ARCH supporter Valerie Reid, and a large number of individual donations, the project has a green light.
The project is unusual and wide-ranging, building on ARCH’s work and philosophy in the past and looking towards the future. There are three main strands:
1) We have recruited 5 trainees who are being mentored to organise and facilitate two community heritage courses, the first at Ardross (August – December 2021) and then at Kirkhill (March– June 2022). As ARCH’s work has shown, facilitating successful community heritage projects requires different skills and approaches than traditional academic courses, actively involving participants with different skills and backgrounds.
2) The trainees will learn on the job, as ARCH rolls out the two Community-Timeline type courses in Ardross and Kirkhill. Each course will gather memories of local heritage, actively research the community and then present the findings in a community display, online and physical. Further details about the courses and how to participate will be included in ARCH newsletters and the website.
3) The importance of fundraising for projects will be covered in a two-day workshop, for trainees and others who are interested. This will cover how to shape a project, cost individual elements, how to apply for grants, and how to monitor once a project is up and running.
Full details about the project can be found in the FACET folder within the Library. Learning materials will be placed on the website in due course.