Why do I need to read this guide?

Have an amazing idea for a project or service that could transform the lives of people in your community? Whether it be a neighbourhood plan, or another community project, you need to make sure your ideas truly reflect local wants and needs. Community engagement is essential for such projects to be successful.

This toolkit explains the various traditional and digital community engagement tools and techniques available to you, providing an overview of how they work and when best to use them. It also shows what successful community engagement looks like, highlighting real life examples from across the country.

What will I learn from this guide?

  • How to successfully engage your community
  • Some good consultation and engagement techniques, both digital and traditional
  • When to use such tools to maximise their benefit

When should I read this guide?

You should read this guide before engaging with your community.

Further reading

You can find out more about what to include in your neighbourhood plan with the Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap.

Engaging your community in a meaningful way (3.0MB pdf)