Community Planning Links Argyll and Bute WALT project
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Community Planning LinksArgyll and Bute WALT project
Realising our potential together POPULATION 90,500 SECOND LARGEST LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA IN SCOTLANDTHIRD SPARSEST POPULATION DENSITY 17% OF POPULATION LIVE ON 25 ISLANDS85% OF JOBS IN SERVICE SECTOR
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Engagement with Third Sector - Argyll & Bute Wide
Two Local Community Consultations in Four Areas
LOCAL COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS forward together - gach ceum comhla
BackgroundPurposeAreas of PriorityMethodologyOutcome
LOCAL COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS
forward together 2 - gach ceum comhla 2 BackgroundPurposeAreas of PriorityMethodologyOutcome
Harnessing the Potentialof the Third Sector to HelpAchieve Council ObjectivesA Demonstration ProjectArgyll and Bute Councilin partnership withCommunity Planning Partnersand the Big Lottery FundOctober 2010Third Sector Access to Council Support
Skills and Training
Demonstration Project Methodology QuestionnaireInternal dialogue Community Planning Partnership DialogueExternal Dialogue with Third Sector OrganisationsFeedback and Recommendations and ReportWhere are we now
Lessons LearnedForward Together
Agenda should not be set in advance.Need to capture all issues and then prioritise.Need to engage with community using various methods depending on group.
Consult, Listen and Feedback Verification of findings TS Contracted to deliver on community engagement outcomes.
Contact [email protected]
Each introduce selves.*Local Context.Argyll and Bute is an area of outstanding beauty and varied geography stretching from the main urban area of Helensburgh in the east to the island of Tiree in the west.
The distance between Cardross and Campbeltown is 118 miles.Cardross to Tiree 144 miles and requires a ferry journey as well. The areas population of 90,500 is spread across the second largest local authority in Scotland and has the third sparsest population density.Seventeen per cent of Argyll and Butes population live on 25 Islands.
Argyll and Bute has 25 inhabited islands, including Bute, Islay, Jura, Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree, more than any other local authority in Scotland.
*Liz FT1 & 2 community consultationsWALT funding used to engage the communities throughout Argyll and Bute. Two consultations in each decentralised area, one in the spring and one in the autumn.Three of the four consultations were contracted out to TSP led by Argyll Voluntary Action.The second round was carried out by the newly formed Argyll & Bute Community Development Team of which Eileen and I are members, in partnership with the TSP and other CPP partners.
Eileen will tell you about the third Sector Engagement after me
*This was the first round of events were held in spring 2010.
Council and CPP agreed new structures to enable community planning at a local level. LACPGs were formed in each of the 4 admin areas, and CDT tasked with ensuring communities are engaged in this process.
PurposeTo encourage community engagement and extend the involvement of local communities in the Local Area Community Planning Group.To consult with and obtain the views of community representatives on the proposed Local Area Community Planning Group priorities. Feedback from the event will be used to influence the development of the Local Area Community Planning Group plan.
LACPG Priorities. For example, in Bute and Cowal, the area I have responsibility for, the priorities are:Town Centre DevelopmentTransport)Community SafetyHealth and Wellbeing
MethodologyNeeded to effectively convey the message that participants views and opinions are important. Aimed for 100 participants with the majority being community representatives, community group representatives, volunteers, service users etc. Had to take into account the diverse backgrounds of the participants.Workshops on LACPG prioritiesUse of PowerPoint voting to record opinions, and enable the audience to see other peoples views instantly
OutcomeLocal Area Community Plan developed or amended to reflect the opinions expressed by the community at the consultation events*The second round of consultations had a different purpose.
BackgroundPublic Sector budgets.Effects on local area plans
PurposeMoreSameLessStop altogetherDo differently
OutcomeResults of budget consultations has been incorporated into the Councils budgetary processes and has influenced decision-making on Council savings. In addition, info was gathered on other public sector budget issues, in particular Health as NHS Highland jointly presented on this topic to communities.Where are we now?Consultations completedReports producedFeedback to CommunitiesLACPG Plans altered
*Engagement with the Third Sector as part of a Demonstration project Harnessing the potential of the Third Sector to Achieve Council Objectives. WALT funding supported community consultations, feedback and report.
Background and purpose of project. Was (as it says on the tin!) to harness the potential of the Third Sector to achieve Council objectivesInitiated following a Convention of Highlands and Islands conference when Councillor Dick Walsh, leader of Argyll and Bute Council and Kate Braithwaite, Carnegie UK Trust, met with Demandra Kanini of Big Lottery Fund who suggested the Demonstration Project. (So it was quite a high profile project with buy-in from high level staff and organisations) This was taken forward by the Council in partnership Partners: Others partners include HIE, NHS Highland, and of course TS representation through ABSEN and TSP.
Themes: Third Sector Access to Council Support making sure that community groups, voluntary organisations and Social Enterprise know who to go to for training and skills development, and that they getr the right answer quickly.
Funding Making Council funding simpler and more focussed on council plans
Assets Making it easier to find out about purchasing or leasing Council buildings and land
Procurement Making sure those working for the Council appreciate that voluntary organisations and social enterprises can bring extra value when they deliver services on our behalf and making sure that these organisations and social enterprises know how to bid to deliver services; and finally
Skills and Training Co-ordinating, and sharing, training and events across the area with our partners in the sector During the initial community consultations,
Communications was raised as a key issue. Third Sector orgs wanted to get consistent information and support from the Council. Thus a 5th key theme was established.
*Questionnaire (Hold up copy of questionnaire) online, Council and TS websites. Distributed through newsletter, funding alerts and directly emailed to Third Sector orgs. (113 respondents)
We used several methods of dialogue
Internal This proved really useful in highlighting the number of diff depts within the council who offer support to the TS. It was clear that Council Services needed to be more co-ordinated and consistent on the information and advise given to the TS.
CPP The Demonstration Board had CPP members on it from Health, Police, and HIE. A workshop was held at one of their Management Committee meetings where information was gathered. (if asked 18)
External The bulk of the WALT funding was spent on the dialogue directly with the TS organisations We held 10 events throughout ABC including two island visits to Islay and Bute. In addition workshops were held at existing TS events such an ABSEN meeting and a health network meeting ( if asked 78 orgs took part including wholly voluntary orgs , social economy orgs through to social enterprises). (Ref:TS landscape in the full report page 15, summary rpt page 5)
Feedback In terms of feedback, this is contained in the reports. Following the consultations we carried out a verification of the findings and recommendations with Atlantis Leisure, a successful social enterprise in Oban. We did that to confirm conclusions and to cross check the projects recommendations).
Report The report was published in summary form in September 2010 and was launched at 4 funding seminars held across Argyll and Bute, and delivered by the TSP, led by ABSEN. Yes we did what we set out to achieve and enabled the TS to deliver services on Councils behalf. The final report was published in October 2010 and this is available on line (insert link off Becky) I have a few copies of the Summary report if anyone wishes to get further information.
Where are we nowTS and Comms spokesperson appointed at the beginning of this project, highlighting the Councils commitment to the TS.New CPP Sub-group established into which the DP Board has merged TS & Comms CPP Sub-groupAction plan developed and will be monitored by this CPP Sub-group
Agenda should not be set in advance.Need to capture all issues and then prioritise.Need to engage with community using various methods depending on group. Have developed a BCE Resource pack to support LACPOGs part of another project that well be reporting on tomorrow!!
Really important to consult and to listen and to feedback , and to ensure that communities know their views have made a difference. For example, the board initially proposed a single point of entry for the TS to access council services and this was rejected by TS organisations who wanted consistent information across the council rather than one single point.
The verification of the recommendations by an existing successful organisation has ensured buy-in from the community.
Useful to contract the Third Sector directly to provide some of the services in relation to community engagement eg The TSP was contracted to deliver Forward Together 1 and the funding seminars where the demo project was launched. *