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Community Plans – Belfast, Fermanagh and Omagh

2017-09-28

Each of Northern Ireland’s 11 local government councils have been tasked with working with 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 a Community Plan. 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.

Community Planning in Fermanagh and Omagh

The Community Plan for the Fermanagh and Omagh district, ‘Fermanagh and Omagh 2030’ was launched in March 2017 and sets out a shared vision of: “a welcoming, shared and inclusive Fermanagh and Omagh district, where people and places are healthy, safe, connected and prosperous, and where our outstanding natural, built and cultural heritage is cherished and sustainably managed”.

Eight outcomes aimed at improving the wellbeing and quality of life of our citizens have been identified.  These outcomes are incorporated within three themes:

Image showing Council's three themes.The plan was developed through a co-design approach involving a wide range of partners from the statutory, private and community/voluntary sectors and was informed by a detailed evidence base and extensive public engagement, including an arts and creativity programme with children and young people.

An Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) approach has been adopted, in line with the draft Programme for Government.  Further information on the approach to community planning and information on the OBA approach, including training videos, is available at www.fermanaghomagh.com/communityplanning/

Work is continuing across a wide range of partners to develop three supporting Action Plans which will help deliver on the agreed vision and outcomes.  Public consultation on the draft Action Plans is expected towards the end of 2017.

Welcoming the implementation of the Fermanagh Omagh Community Plan, Paul Cavanagh, Western Commissioning Lead, said, “Community planning has provided us the opportunity to engage with Fermanagh Omagh Council and other local agencies to work collaboratively to address local health and social care challenges and to ensure we can plan and provide for the wellbeing of the community. By working together and sharing resources we can better engage with local people and communities in the Western Local Commissioning Group area. This creates for us the opportunity to hear the views and needs of local people, and, to develop and design services to meet those needs. From the outset Fermanagh Omagh Council has demonstrated its commitment to an outcomes-based approach to bring clarity and clear direction to addressing health needs in the area. I look forward to working with Council and all of our community partners into the future to improve the quality of life of people living in the Omagh and Fermanagh area”.

The Community Plan is available at the Council offices in Enniskillen and Omagh or can be downloaded from the website using the link above.

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Belfast City Council

Image of Belfast Agenda cover.The Community Plan for Belfast is known as the Belfast Agenda. It will be the city’s strategic plan for the future, providing a simple and clear framework for a wide range of plans and strategies to be taken forward at both a city and local area level.

People in Belfast who responded to a public consultation led by the Belfast City Council earlier this year said they wanted:

The Belfast Agenda plan for the next four years, focuses on ‘inclusive growth’, aiming to address issues of poverty, economic inactivity, unemployment and underemployment to improve wider outcomes for people in the city. As well as priorities for growing the economy, working and learning, and city development, it sets out priorities for ‘living here’ including:

The HSCB, through Belfast’s Local Commissioning Group, is one of the key partners of the Belfast Agenda. Commending the plan, Alan Marsden, Deputy Commissioning Lead for the LCG said:

“The Belfast Agenda is a major milestone and recognises the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast relies not only on the health service, but on many more public, private and other organisations, working together with local communities. It looks to be an exciting time for Belfast.”

A short video about the opportunities of the Belfast Agenda can be viewed on YouTube

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