Mid Ulster District Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have been working with their statutory partners, including the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), Public Health Agency (PHA), local Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, and voluntary and community groups to develop their Community Plans.
The Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) of the HSCB have been helping to design the Councils’ Community Plans from the outset. The Plans describe a shared, long term vision to improving social, health, education, economic and environmental well-being for all local residents.
The Mid Ulster Community Plan describes its vision for Mid Ulster as;
‘a welcoming place where our people are content, healthy and safe; educated and skilled; where our economy is thriving; our environment and heritage are sustained; and where our public services excel’.
The plan describes 15 outcomes which are set out in 5 themes. The themes are:
The proposed outcomes impact on all areas of life, from increasing access to affordable housing and caring for those who are most vulnerable, to creating vibrant towns and villages, safer communities and better skilled and qualified people. Attached to these outcomes are a substantial set of actions which all the community planning partners will work to deliver over the next 10 years.
Partners are now identifying the types of projects, programmes and initiatives they intend to deliver to achieve the desired outcomes for the people of Mid Ulster. No one partner can deliver these actions or achieve these ambitious outcomes for Mid Ulster on their own. Instead, it will be the responsibility of all the Community Planning Partners, working together.
Bride Harkin, Northern LCG Lead commented on the approach;
“The Mid Ulster Community Plan is challenging and ambitious but through a partnership approach, we will work together to develop and deliver the actions identified. We will also consider the Community Plan and the needs of Mid Ulster when developing our own local health and social care plans”.
For a copy of the Mid Ulster Community Plan and for more information, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/communityplan or if you would like to know more about Community Planning in Mid Ulster contact Martina Totten, Community Planning Coordinator, T: 03000 132 132,
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has launched its first Community Plan, ‘Living Well Together’.
The outcomes-based plan is designed to develop and improve the delivery of public services in the district between now and 2030, by providing a common framework for all statutory, community and voluntary organisations working together.
‘Living Well Together’ sets out a vision of Newry, Mourne and Down as a place with strong, safe and vibrant communities where everyone has a good quality of life and access to opportunities, choices and high quality services which are sustainable, accessible and meet people’s needs. It identifies five key outcomes whereby all people in Newry, Mourne and Down should:
Work to develop the ‘Living Well Together’ Community Plan involved many local organisations and individuals including Councillors, Community Planning team members, representatives from statutory, voluntary and community sectors, and members of the District Electoral Area (DEA) Fora.
Delighted to be involved in the development of the Plan, Alison Patterson, Commissioning Manager at the Health and Social Care Board said;
“It has been a real privilege to work with a wide range of community representatives and other statutory partners, to gain a better understanding of the needs of local communities and how we can work together to improve our offering to in the Newry, Mourne and Down area.
“Community Planning depends upon the active involvement of all of us, and that involvement must extend to everyone in our community irrespective of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious or community background,” she added.
To read the plan visit the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council website.