In spring 2019, Liz Thomas worked as a PAS design associate on the Going Forth Community Place Plan, providing design input to the charrette process for Elie & Earlsferry in Fife.


Going Forth is an initiative of the Elie and Earlsferry Community Council, funded by the Scottish Government, and delivered by social enterprise and charity, PAS. Liz Thomas was appointed as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a community charrette to establish the priorities and actions for inclusion in the Community Place Plan.

Through a series of pre-charrette meetings and stakeholder consultations, directed by PAS, a clear picture of the themes and issues relating to this specific setting could be identified. This was fed forward to the design of the workshop weekend itself, which saw a team of facilitators come together in a ‘pop up studio’ based in Earlsferry town hall. We held a series of focus group workshops, presented panels to engage with drop-in visitors, gave ad-hoc presentations, and ran live design studio sessions exploring specific ideas. In this wide-ranging delivery we were able to engage with a wide range of local community and stakeholder representative.

Ultimately, the Community Council was keen to undertake an engagement process to better understand the current, and future, planning and place needs of the whole Elie and Earlsferry community. Collectively, we were able to deliver a process which sparked imagination and lively discussion, leading to a range of ideas and proposals being put forward.

After the workshop, Liz worked closely with Tipi Studio to prepare the reporting documentation, graphic visuals, diagrams maps and communication of the collected data.

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