Community Planning

Community planning is the process by which public bodies (NHS, Council, Police, Fire service etc.) work with local communities and Third Sector organisations to improve and deliver services. There are many ways community groups and individuals can get involved in community planning processes, Skye and Lochalsh CVO can help you find the best way to participate contact us on 01478 612921.

What is Community Planning?

Community planning is the process by which the third sector, public bodies and local communities work together to make a real difference to people's lives. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 legislates how partnership working takes place through Community Planning Partnerships.

Community Planning Forums

Effective representation is a critical part of empowering the third sector to become an equal partner and participant in public planning and decision making processes. There are many Highland and local community planning forums third sector groups can take part in.

Community Councils

Community Councils are voluntary organisations that act as a voice for their local area. They are set up by the Local Authority and run by local residents. Community Councils are a way of becoming involved with your local area.

Parent Councils

The 2006 Parental Involvement Act states that every school in Scotland has a Parent Forum which consists of all the parents/carers who have a child at the school. The Parent Council is the committee appointed by the Parent Forum to run matters on its behalf.

Get Involved


Skye and Lochalsh CVO are funded by the Highland Third Sector Interface to support third sector participation in community planning processes. If you would like to know more about our work sign-up to our mailing list at or call us on 01478 612921.

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