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What will it mean to be a part of The Truacanta Project?

The focus of a local project and the actions taken will be determined by the community themselves. However, being part of the Truacanta Project will give local community projects access to:

  • community development support and advice
  • networking and learning opportunities
  • support with evaluation

Community development support

Community development is a process where people come together to take action on what's important to them. Communities that become part of The Truacanta Project will be able to access community development advice and support over a two year period (April 2020-March 2022). [NB: the project schedule is being revised and will look a little different due to the Coronavirus outbreak.]

The Truacanta Project Manager will help communities to explore how they can best use their community's assets - the strengths, knowledge, experience, skills and resources existing in their community - to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.

The specific support given will be tailored to each project. For example, communities might find it helpful to have support thinking through and planning the project, practical advice on how to get different parts of the community involved, or the opportunity to chat through ways of responding to difficult situations. As well as some face-to-face contact, communities will have ongoing access to support and advice via email and phone. Small amounts of funding may be available to support local development work.


Communities that join the project will become part of an active Truacanta Project Network, with opportunities to learn from and problem-solve with others in Scotland facing similar challenges.


Evaluation is an important part of the Truacanta Project, and communities involved will receive support evaluating the impact of their work. There are plans to publish evaluations of the Truacanta Project, adding to the international body of literature relating to public health approaches to palliative care.

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