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.
This update focuses on the Community Plans of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
The Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan, ‘A Better Future Together – A Community Plan for Causeway Coast and Glens 2017-30’, was officially launched in June 2017 – marking an important milestone in the ongoing development of the region.
There are three overarching long term strategic outcomes included in the Plan;
The next steps include agreeing delivery plans with all partners, performance measures will then be identified to help quantify achievement of actions towards overall outcomes.
Welcoming the plan, Bride Harkin, Northern LCG Lead said;
“As a result of effective engagement with a wide range of communities, groups and individuals, the Community Plan is a comprehensive reflection of the long term vision for the area. Through partnership working, we will work together to develop and deliver the actions identified which will help improve the quality of life for local people by enhancing health and wellbeing, improving the environment and infrastructure and supporting the economy”.
The Community Plan can be obtained from the Council offices in Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Coleraine or Limavady as a paper copy or it can be downloaded from the Council’s website.
A short video has been produced featuring Pat Smyth, Northern LCG, and can be viewed on YouTube.
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Community Plan was launched in May. It outlines a vision of how the community can be improved for everyone who lives, works or visits the area.
The Community Plan for 2017-2032 was produced following a series of conversations with local residents, businesses and community groups along with key partners from statutory agencies and government departments.
The focus of the Community Plan is built around the five key themes of:
Each theme has achievable goals over the 15 year lifetime of the Plan which will contribute to the overall vision.
The next step is for the Partnership to produce a detailed action plan from 2017-2019 demonstrating how the vision can be achieved.
Paul Turley, South Eastern LCG lead said: “The South Eastern LCG supported the launch of the Community Plan noting that the process to date had built upon the intersectorial work already in place around the health and well-being agenda.”
“The new coordinated community planning arrangements provide a new and important impetus to all partner organisations to ensure a focused approach which will support improved long term health and well-being outcomes for all communities in Lisburn and Castlereagh,” he said.
The Plan can be viewed on the Council’s website.