There are many active and committed community groups in Eastern Perthshire. These include:
- 13 Community Councils (Errol, West Carse, Inchture, Coupar Angus & Bendochy, Kettins, Burrelton & District, Scone & District, Blairgowrie & Rattray, Mount Blair, Alyth and Meigle).
- Development trusts and other community-led local development organisations (e.g. Forward Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust, St Madoes Development Group, Alyth Community Development Trust, Scone Village Association, Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group, Mount Blair Community Development Trust)
- A number of groups and networks supporting young people (e.g. Strathmore Centre for Youth Development, Alyth Youth Partnership and Coupar Angus Youth Activity Group)
- Community greenspace initiatives such as the award-winning Coupar Angus Pride of Place, Blair in Bloom and Alyth in Bloom.
Discover Blairgowrie is a community website which aims to promote Blairgowrie & Rattray as a tourist destination, and a hub for local news and events. The site lists all the main community groups in Blairgowrie & Rattray.
Community newsletters include:
There is a well-established Time Banks in Blairgowrie/ Rattray, which enables local people to exchange their skills voluntarily to help others in the community; ‘bank’ their time given as time credits, and then draw on the Time Bank for support from others in return.
Each locality has a Local Action Partnership, which is a group of local community members, Perth and Kinross Councillors and representatives of key public and voluntary sector services. Each Local Action Partnership has an Action Plan, highlighting what it would like to achieve in order to tackle inequality and improve the quality of lives of local residents. More information on Local Action Partnerships, including how to get involved is available here.
Opened in June 2014, Community Connect @ Rattray is a purpose-built community facility attached to Rattray Primary School. It offers community members access to a range of services and organisations. Those utilising the building include Humpty Dumpty Playgroup, NHS Baby Screening, PKC Education and Children’s Services, and a number of community and voluntary organisations.
The Alyth Community wing is attached to the local primary school, which has for many years offered a venue for local services and community groups, including Alyth Youth Partnership, Community Learning and Development, local art groups and parent groups.
he award-winning Carse of Gowrie and District Men’s Shed provides activities for men in the Carse to learn and pass on new skills, and gives men an opportunity to socialise.
Strathmore Centre for Youth Development (SCYD) runs a number of programmes in the area aimed at improving outcomes for young people across the area.
Other facilities include
- Rattray Hall
- Blairgowrie Community Campus
- West Carse Village Hall
- Inchture Village Hall
- Errol Village Hall
- Ballionfield Hall
- Maddoch Centre
- St Madoes Community Centre