Lochaber lecturer gives community ‘spark’

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A LECTUREF 33 Olivier Escobar 01noR in public policy was ‘blown away’ by the community spirit in Lochaber, writes senior reporter Monica Gibson.
Dr Oliver Escobar, from the University of Edinburgh gave a presentation on community engagement and capacity building to a packed house at Voluntary Action Lochaber (VAL) last Thursday (July 28).

The follow on conversations included discussion and sharing of ideas on, what it takes to ignite the ‘community’ spark in an individual, and the critical connection between community minded individuals and active and empowered communities.

In his closing remarks, Dr Escobar who is also co-director of What Works Scotland, said: ‘I’m blown away by the energy, the ideas and the community spirit at play in Lochaber. It really shows how citizens and communities can connect and mobilise to turn aspiration into reality; and that’s where the role of organisations like VAL is so crucial; as facilitators and catalysts of community connection and local development.

‘Lochaber is a great example of a community where active citizenship is making a difference, there is plenty to look forward to.’

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The lecturer believes there is plenty to look forward to in Lochaber