Community planning partnership
We work closely with partners for the benefit of people in the Borders.
- Joint work with NHS Borders to ensure school menus are healthy
- Social work staff working with staff in the Borders General Hospital to ensure that older patients are discharged as quickly as possible to a safe environment.
Assessing the needs of our Border residents and communities
We need to have a clear understanding of the needs of the population we serve and this is done in a variety of ways:
- via the Scottish Borders Household Survey
- through discussions at Area Forums
- using a variety of data and statistics (e.g. Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics and National Records of Scotland)
- through the profiling in our Strategic Assessment
How is our partnership organised?
We have a simple structure comprising:
- a Board
- a Chief Officers' group
- 3 themes (Reducing Inequalities, Economy and Low Carbon, Future Services Reform)
- 5 locally based area forums (Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot & Liddesdale and Tweeddale)
We have a statutory duty to lead community planning and the Board meets quarterly.
NHS Borders are also on the board, along with a range of other public and third sector partner representatives.
The structure diagram is available for further information on how the partnership is organised.
Community planning partners and their strategic plans
As well as a number of statutory partners, we also work closely with a range of other partners in the Scottish Borders.
- Berwickshire Housing Association
- Borders College
- Community Council Network
- Eildon Housing
- Integrated Health and Social Care
- Live Borders
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency
- Scottish Borders Housing Association
- Scottish Government
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Skills Development Scotland
- Third Sector
- Waverley Housing
Their strategic plans are influenced by the priorities coming through our partnership discussions. These have a vital contribution to make to the quality of life in the Borders.
How do I get involved with community planning?
You may already be involved with a group (e.g. Community Council Network) that already feeds into one of the key 3 themes.
Anyone can attend their local area forum to hear:
- what we are doing with our partners
- ask about service delivery
- hear about specific projects that affect your area
Our vision for the Scottish Borders
"By 2013, quality of life will have improved for those who are currently living within our most deprived communities, through a stronger economy and through targeted partnership action."
Our priorities for the Scottish Borders
After an assessment of relevant data, statistics, local information, public opinion and the external context (see our strategic assessment), the Community Planning Partnership has agreed 3 key priorities:
- Grow our economy and maximise the impact of the low carbon agenda
- Reducing inequalities
- Future service reform
Single Outcome Agreement (SOA)
- We express the outcomes that we want to achieve for the Scottish Borders in our Single Outcome Agreement (SOA). These are agreements between the Scottish Government and Community Planning Partnerships
- We submitted a new SOA draft to the Scottish Government on 28th June 2013 which reflected the priorities we have identified and the way in which they contribute to improved quality of life in the Borders. It was then formally signed off by Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning on 3rd September 2013
- Each year we submit a report to the Scottish Government that shows how we are doing against the indicators we have in our SOA
Community Engagement Framework
An introduction to co-production has been designed to help staff understand, prepare and participate in co-production.