Third Sector Representation Within Community Planning

Two Third Sector Representatives have been appointed to North Lanarkshire Partnership Board since 2003, one of which is appointed by the Third Sector Interface and other being appointed by a two-yearly election cycle (June Vallance and Francis Fallan MBE respectively at present). Third Sector Representatives work closely with Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Partnership Group and local Voluntary Sector Locality and Thematic Networks to ensure that the third sector is actively participating in and contributing to strategic Community Planning in North Lanarkshire.

In 2013, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire facilitated the establishment of six new third sector representative roles within six North Lanarkshire Partnership Local Area Partnerships (essentially localised versions of North Lanarkshire Partnership Board). These roles are now appointed by election every two years by the third sector. The following representatives are currently operational in these roles:

•    Airdrie and Villages Area Third Sector LAP Representative – Morag Thomson
•    Bellshill Area Third Sector LAP Representative – Colin MacFarlane
•    Coatbridge Area Third Sector LAP Representative – role currently vacant
•    Cumbernauld and North Area Third Sector LAP Representative – Adam Smith
•    Motherwell and District Area Third Sector LAP Representative – Michelle Thomson
•    Wishaw and District Area Third Sector LAP Representative – June Vallance

A comprehensive Third Sector Representational Matrix is maintained by North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Partnership Group. The purpose of this Matrix is to record mandated third sector representation on key Community Planning and partnership groups. Information about individuals holding third sector representation roles relating to key strategic agendas such as Health and Social Care Integration, Early Years Collaborative, Employability, and Community Learning and Development is contained in the Matrix document.
 
Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire, on behalf of North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Partnership Group, also facilitates third sector representation on North Lanarkshire Partnership’s five key thematic working groups (Community Safety Group Partnership Group, Health and Wellbeing Partnership Group, Joint Resourcing Partnership Group, Lifelong Learning Partnership Group and Regeneration Partnership Group).

For further information on third sector representation within Community Planning, please contact Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire on 01236 748011 or e-mail info@vanl.co.uk.