A Guide For Voluntary and Community Groups
This revised guidance for voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) updates that first issued in October 2011. It builds on the experience gained by Aberdeenshire Council in community asset transfers since the policy was first introduced in June 2011 and includes changes to the policy approved by the Business Services Committee of the Council in April 2013.
The Council’s Community Asset Transfer Policy recognises that handing over the ownership or stewardship of an asset can have a valuable role in supporting and sustaining local communities in Aberdeenshire. It can also provide communities with opportunities to deliver services that the Council can no longer afford to provide.
The policy recognises that VCOs across Aberdeenshire are at different stages of maturity and has made a commitment to promoting transfer options through awareness raising, outreach and support. Officers from a wide range of services are actively working with VCOs to build capacity and to provide them with the confidence and skills to take on the management of an asset. Contact details for these officers are available from the Council’s website.
The aim of the guidance is to explain what the CAT policy is, the scope of the policy and how VCOs can apply to take over responsibility for an asset under the policy.