Community Planning Background
What is Community Planning? Community Planning is a process which helps public agencies to work together with the community to plan and deliver better services which make a real difference to people's lives. (Improvement Service) Rooted in the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 that places a statutory duty on the Council to lead the process and for others to support community planning
How did it start in Argyll? • Got underway well before the 2003 legislation • Small group of partners in Management Committee, chaired by AIE • Concentrated on “what were we not delivering?” • Should we focus on poverty/excluded/SIMD? • Should we focus on jobs/housing/transport? • Who was “the community”?
How did we know what the community wanted/cared about/valued? • Ask the Community Councils? • Utilise a Citizen’s Panel? • Receive direction about how financial allocations are made?
2009- how is Argyll and Bute performing? • We have a revised Community Plan almost completed • We have a Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) in place • We have a “vigorous”* Partnership who have been involved in the CP and SOA preparation • There is a strong sense of partnership working • We still need to improve buy-in from some partners at all levels of their organisations……should that be ALL partners? • We still need to overcome “silo working” * “vigorous” = debate and argument!
Community Planning Partnership working
CPP high level structure Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership (CPP) Thematic Groups (Policy and Performance Groups plus partners) CPP Management Committee Strategic Partnerships Local Area Community Planning Groups (area committees plus partners)
Partnership principles • Clarity • Openness • Trust • Shared goals and values • Regular communication • Review
Thematic Groups(Policy and Performance Groups plus partners) Economic Theme Group Lead – HIE A&B Elected Members Scottish Enterprise ABSEN ABC (Head of Economic Development) Skills Development Scotland (+ Transport) Environmental Theme Group Lead - SNH A&B Elected Members SEPA Crofters/Deer/Forestry Commissions SRPID LLTNP ABC (Head of Facilities) Thematic Groups Social Affairs Theme Group Lead – ABC head of Community Services A&B Elected Members Strathclyde Police Strathclyde Fire and Rescue NHS Highland Third Sector RSLs
Local Area Community Planning groups Argyll and Bute CPP Management Committee Supported by Chief Executives Unit Local Area Community Planning Groups Supported by Corporate Services MAKI B & C OLI H & L
Core partners • Argyll and Bute Council • Strathclyde Police • Strathclyde Fire and Rescue • NHS Highland (AB CHP) • Third Sector • Community Councils • Housing Associations • MOD (for Helensburgh and Lomond Area CPP Group) • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (for Helensburgh and Lomond & Bute and Cowal Area CPP Group)
Local Area Community Planning Groups Terms of Reference • To develop and maintain Area Plans within Community Plan outcomes. • Monitor and review achievement of local outcomes using agreed performance measures • Support and encourage effective collaboration and coordination between community based organisations operating in the local area • Give effect to the Community Engagement Strategy at a local level
Local Area Community Planning Groups – key tasks • Community engagement • Membership of the LACPG • Links to the community • Develop the Area Community Plan • Align to community plan priorities • Identify local priorities • Performance management • Agree scorecards for each LACPG • Scrutinise performance and actions to address weaknesses • Forward looking • What are the future challenges? • How might we address these?
Community Planning Community Engagement
STAKEHOLDERS • General Public National Government • Community groups • Service users • Third sector organisations • Voluntary groups • Community groups • Social enterprises • Advocacy groups • CPP partners
Community engagement ambition • To strengthen and extend community planning processes • Increase community involvement in community planning processes – locally and on key topics • To build capacity of organisations and communities • To share experiences, knowledge, skills and resources
Principles • Empowerment • Participation • Inclusion • Self-determination • Partnership
Local Area Community Planning Groups – community engagement role • Provide effective links • Support customers, citizens and communities • Rationalise and revitalise existing local partnerships • Lead the way with community consultation and participation • Develop a Local Area Community Plan • Ensure principles of Community Planning are adhered to
Benefits for all • Plan and provide localised services • Empower people – defining the vision for their communities • Better communication and understanding • Measure and manage performance • Encourage involvement – building on ‘responsible citizenship’ • Improves relationships • Builds capacity - knowledge and skills
“Better Community Engagement” • Integrated Scottish Government programme to develop skills, learning and networking • Ten projects across Scotland • Supporting and improving practice • Training programme and materials • Supported learning and evaluation • Establish working models for effective learning • Provide an evidence base • of how we engage with communities • for future development • Key Aspects • Advisory group • Shared ownership – local and national • Sustainable learning
Benefits to us! • National recognition • Identify and support good practice • Development of support and learning materials • Learn from other projects across Scotland • Identify different methods of delivery • Learn key lessons on sustainable community engagement • Better community engagement in Argyll and Bute
Community Planning The Community Plan
The new community plan • Content developed through dialogue led by thematic leads • Douglas Cowan, HIE • Andrew Campbell, SNH • Douglas Hendry, ABC • Discussion with chairs of Thematic Groups • Agreed in principle by the CPP • Community Engagement is fundamental to evolving plan
Creating employment and prosperity by developing: • competitive and successful businesses • our sustainable economic assets • vibrant towns that are centres of economic activity We will support and develop competitive and successful businesses by - • providing advice and support to assist businesses to grow • target support for the businesses with the greatest potential for growth We will sustain our local assets by - • supporting the development of our renewable energy industry • assisting in the development of the marine science sector We will work together to ensure our towns are vibrant centres of economic activity by - • supporting the CHORD(Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon) Waterfront Regeneration Projects
Protect and enhance our built, natural, and managed environment whilst: • promoting our cultural, social and natural heritage • using our environment to create employment and prosperity • protecting our unique area We will promote our cultural, social and natural heritage by - • Improving access to woodlands • Promoting health and wellbeing through activities such as cycling and walking We will utilise our environment to create employment and prosperity by - • Working with our business partners and communities to ensure renewable energy developments compliment landscape and biodiversity • Ensuring good access to the Scottish Rural Development Programme to support rural businesses • Promoting high quality design of efficient housing and other built structures We will protect our unique area by - • Protecting iconic species and habitats • Adopting best practice for the management of sensitive woodlands
For safe, healthy, caring and diverse communities where: • services are planned and delivered based on local needs • overall health, well being, independence and social inclusion are improved • people feel safe and secure • our diverse culture is celebrated We will plan our services based on local need by - • working in partnership to develop integrated joint services • make learning services available to people of all ages in all our communities • shift the balance of care from ‘institutional’ to ‘home based’ We will improve overall health, wellbeing, independence and social inclusion by - • redesigning our health and social care services to ensure people are supported to improve their lives • redesign health and social care services to improve access for all groups We will help people feel safe and secure by - • increasing the rate of building on new affordable housing • working with communities to identify their community safety issues and needs We will celebrate our diverse culture by - • creating more and better leisure facilities • ensuring there is a legacy from the London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
• map and make improvements to existing community engagement mechanisms • ensuring good communications are established at all levels • to strengthen and extend community planning processes • increase community involvement in community planning processes – locally and on key topics • to build capacity of organisations and communities • to share experiences, knowledge, skills and resources • finding out which subjects communities are most interested in • extend and improve capacity building work with communities • encourage all organisations to evaluate the way they engage with communities • delivering an annual CPP Conference in partnership with 3rd Sector and other CPP partners • • reviewing and developing mechanisms for engagement with specific equalities groups • • holding an annual youth participation event • supporting young people to attend and participate at the Scottish Youth Parliament • develop a Community Engagement Toolkit that is accessible to all • championing successful initiatives of volunteers, communities and service providers