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This section provides information on community planning including: local meetings; minutes of meetings; times of meetings; contact details and how you can get involved in community planning.

Read more about Community Planning and Single Outcome Agreements .

Guidance on District Partnerships

The Highland Partnership of the Highland Council and NHS Highland have established a series of District Partnerships. They involve Councillors, relevant managers, community representatives and representatives of professional groups (Social Work, Nursing, GPs and so on).

The District Partnerships consider issues relevant to the defined geographic and service delivery area covering both Integrated Children’s Services and Adult Services and are a key element of local engagement.

For more information about District Partnerships download the 'Guidance on District Partnerships' document which provides information about their strategic governance structure, role and remit and 'Agenda item request' form.

Ward Forums 

Our area of Skye & Lochalsh is divided between two Wards: Ward 11 Eilean a Cheo (Isle of Skye) and Ward 6 Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh (Lochalsh area).  The Ward Manager for Eilean a Cheo is Willie Mackinnon and the Ward Manager for Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh is Robbie Bain.  

Ward Forums have been set up across the Highlands to help you have your say on what’s happening in your area.  The Eilean a Cheo Ward Forum meets regularly in public led by the Councillors who represent you, assisted by the Ward Manager. 

Meetings are open to members of the public as well as public and private sector bodies, voluntary and community sector and community councils.  They last for up to two hours with a 20-minute slot allocated at the end of the meeting for questions from the public. If possible you should notify any questions in advance to the ward managers.

Ward Forum meeting dates are advertised on the What's On page as soon as they are available. 

View minutes of meetings click here.

More about Ward forums

Download the current Single Outcome Agreement

Contact Details

Skye Ward (11) Manager:  Willie Mackinnon
Phone: 01478 613849
Email willie.mackinnon2

Wester Ross Ward (6) Manager: Robert Bain
Phone: 01349 868626


Skye & Lochalsh Health & Social Care Forum

The Skye & Lochalsh Health & Social Care Forum is a well established partnership consisting of Voluntary Sector Care providers, the NHS and Highland Council.  Local Councillors are also on the circulation list and attend meetings. Meetings are held bi-monthly and dates and minutes are published on the SLCVO website.

Skye and Lochalsh Health & Social Care Forum minutes

Directory of Health & Social Care Services in Skye and Lochalsh


Skye & Lochalsh Drug and Alcohol Forum


There are eight Drug and Alcohol Forums in Highland and members come from a range of organizations, both statutory and voluntary. The Skye and Lochalsh Drug and Alcohol Forum, established in February 1997, is administered by the Skye and Lochalsh Council on Alcohol.

Members represent Northern Constabulary, Social Work, NHS Highland, Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association, Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations, Careers Scotland, Portree YMCA and Youth Café, Community Hall Association, Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers’ Project, Portree High School, TAG Highland, Al-ateen, Women’s Aid, Free Church of Scotland, Skye and Lochalsh Council on Alcohol and the Licensing Board. In addition some members of the public attend from time to time who are not connected with any organization but have a particular interest in items being discussed at Forum meetings.

 Forum meetings are held each year in February, March, May, June, August and November and anyone can attend.

 The role and responsibilities of Forums in Highland

 Provide a co-ordinated network for local agencies and individuals with an interest or remit for substance misuse. A strategic view can therefore be developed through this, based on identified local priorities.

  • Implement initiatives which complement the activity of mainstream services.
  • Develop a local Forum Action Plan that aims to reflect and address National and Highland strategy and National and Highland issues.
  • Report to the Highland Drug and Alcohol Action Team on the progress of the Forum and submit quarterly and annual reports.
  • Elect a Chair, Vice Chair and office bearers and review membership regularly.
  • Meet as a Forum a minimum of four times each year.
  • Ensure meetings are accurately recorded and points actioned appropriately.
  • Support the workings of the Forum through efficient administration.
  • Ensure that members represent the interests and views of their organizations and acknowledge local policies and strategies.

To view minutes of meetings click here

Drug & Alcohol Forum Contact: Donald Beaton
Phone: 01478 612633






For Community Planning:
Willie Mackinnon Highland Council,
Phone: 01478 613849

Download the Highland Compact

Download The Highland Council's programme of action  'Working Together for the Highlands 2012 -2017'

For Health and Social Care Forum:
Meg Gillies Chief Development Officer SLCVO
Phone: 01478 612921
Email: meg.gillies@slcvo.org.uk

Download the Highland Change Plan 

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