What is Community Planning?

Community planning is the process by which the third sector, public bodies and local communities work together to identify, develop and deliver services that make a real difference to people's lives. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 supports active community by strengthening community involvement in statutory decision making processes and empowering disadvantaged communities.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Part 2 of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 puts communities at the heart of community planning. To support this the Scottish Government established 32 Community Planning Partnerships across Scotland. These partnerships include public bodies and third sector organisations who work together to reduce inequalities.

The Highland Community Planning Partnership (HCPP) has ten members including the Highland Third Sector Interface, who led on the development of the Highland Outcome Improvement Plan (HOIP). 

 

To ensure equal participation across the Highland region, the Highland Community Planning Partnership set-up eight local Community Partnerships. The Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Community Partnership (SLWRCP) is chaired by HIE and members include SLCVO, Highland Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Highland and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Associateion. 

Each Community Planning Partnership has to produce a Local Outcome Improvement Plan that sets out their outcomes and priorities to reduce inequalities. The Highland Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-2027 has five core outcomes:

  • Poverty Reduction - More people in Highland will live a life free from the experience of poverty.

  • Community Participation & Dialogue - People in Highland will be more involved in decisions that affect their lives.

  • Infrastructure - Fewer people in Highland experience transport and digital connectivity as a barrier to accessing opportunities

  • Community Safety & Resilience - People in Highland will benefit from living in stronger, safer and more resilient communities

  • Mental Health & Mental Well-being - People in Highland will benefit from good mental health and well being

 

Supporting the implementation of the HOIP there are three Highland wide thematic groups:

  • The Highland Green Health Partnership

  • The Highland Community Justice Partnership

  • Community Learning, Development and Engagement

and nine strategic groups on which Highland Third Sector Representatives sit:

  • Mental health and well,

  • Infrastructure Group,

  • Community Safety and Resilience,

  • Highland Council Care, Learning and Housing Committee,

  • Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership,

  • Community Justice Partnership, Highland’s Children leadership group,

  • Community Learning and Development,Poverty Reduction Group.

In addition to the LOIP, Community Planning Partnerships have to produce Locality Plans that help to reduce in inequalities as a result of socio-economic disadvantage. The Highland Community Planning Partnership identified 24 locality areas, two of which are the responsibility of the Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Community Partnership, Kyle of Lochlash and Portree/North East Skye.

Skye and Lochalsh CVO are core funded by the Highland Third Sector Interface to support third sector participation in community planning processes. We are a member of the Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Community Partnership (SLWRCP) support a number of third sector development forums. If you would like to know more about our work and receive updates about the community planning forums in the area sign-up to our mailing list at info@slcvo.org.uk.

The Scottish Government are committed to supporting communities to do things for themselves, and to make their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. Find out more about policy here

The Highland Community Planning Partnership brings together public agencies, third sector organisations and other key community groups to work collaboratively with the people of Highland to deliver better outcomes. Find out about the HOIP and other initiatives here 

The Highland Green Health Partnership is one of three Community Planning thematic groups, find out more about their work here

The Highland Community Justice Partnership is one of three Community Planning thematic groups, find out more about their work here

Find out more about the highland Third Sector Representation Pathway on the HTSI website here 

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