Community planning refers to the process where statutory bodies empower and work with local communities to design and deliver better services and improve peoples’ lives. All local authority areas in Scotland are required by the Scottish Government to support community empowerment and community planning.
North Lanarkshire Partnership
NLP is the “parent” partnership for North Lanarkshire with all other partnerships linking to NLP and supporting delivery of the Plan for North Lanarkshire as well as complementary strategies and plans on key issues such as economic regeneration, mental health and climate action - including the NLP Action on Climate Together Initiative
The North Lanarkshire Partnership (NLP) is our community planning partnership which has the following statutory partner organisations:
- North Lanarkshire Council
- NHS Lanarkshire
- Fire and Rescue Scotland, Lanarkshire Division
- Police Scotland, Lanarkshire Division
In addition, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (VANL) is an NLP partner organisation on behalf of the Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS).
NLP’s overall goal is to improve wellbeing and equality for its residents. NLP’s ambitions and priorities are set out in the Plan for North Lanarkshire and nine linked Local Outcome Improvement Plans, which were developed collaboratively with partner organisations, community and voluntary organisations and residents.
NLP has five priorities.
Improve North Lanarkshire’s resource base including increasing available resources; sharing resources; improving use of our assets; designing services with residents and communities; and strengthening our workforce.
Delivery of the above priorities is supported by staff in all NLP partner organisations, working collaboratively with residents, CVS organisations and local businesses.
Ongoing community engagement is supported at locality level through Community Boards and complementary engagement activities.
There are nine Community Boards for following localities and surrounding areas - each of which have their own Facebook page to support engagement and information sharing.
- Airdrie - facebook.com/MyAirdrie/
- Bellshill - facebook.com/MyBellshill/
- Coatbridge - facebook.com/MyCoatbridge/
- Cumbernauld - facebook.com/MyCumbernauld/
- Kilsyth - facebook.com/MyKilsyth/
- Motherwell - facebook.com/MyMotherwell
- Northern Corridor - facebook.com/MyNorthernCorridor/
- Shotts - facebook.com/MyShotts/
- Wishaw - facebook.com/MyWishaw/
Membership of Community Boards includes residents and staff and/or volunteers from local CVS organisations as well as representatives from NLP’s partner organisations.
VANL staff work with staff from other NLP partner organisations to support community engagement in community planning in each of the nine localities through Local Partnership Teams.
North Lanarkshire wide leadership is supported by the NLP Strategic Leadership Board, which has membership of all partner organisations. The Community and Voluntary Sector being represented by a VANL trustee and the Chairperson of our sector’s Community and Voluntary Sector Partnership Group.
NLP is developing a CommUnity Agreement which sets out shared values and agreed ways of working for a better North Lanarkshire, by strengthening community empowerment and partnership working.
The agreement was developed collaboratively with residents, CVS, statutory sector and business community using an Appreciative Inquiry approach.
VANL co-ordinated development of the agreement during 2022/3, working closely with staff in partner organisations; staff and volunteers in the CVS and external Appreciative Inquiry advisors and trainers.
You can read more about the development of the Agreement and people's views in the following reports
- Stakeholder Survey 2022
- Focus Group and Community Conversations 2022-23
- Focus Group Pilot 2022
- CommUnity Agreement Design Day Sept. 2023 Report
The agreement will be formally launched in 2024 along with an implementation plan.
For more information please contact info@VANL.co.uk