Carnegie UK Trust announces further information on investment in local Community Planning Partnerships

July 1, 2019

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The Carnegie UK Trust has announced how it will focus its investment to support three local Community Planning Partnerships in the delivery of their Community Plans, and to help improve and enhance partnership working.

Two local community organisations, Community Places and the Centre for Effective Services, have been selected to deliver the projects following a competitive tender process. This investment is part of a £350,000 support package being delivered over two years.

The three Community Planning Partnerships in receipt of the support, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Lisburn and Castlereagh, and Derry City and Strabane, were selected following an open Expression of Interest process last year. The Partnerships identified two themes on which they would welcome support from the Trust on – co-production and shared leadership.

Co-production is the joint design, commissioning and delivery of public services between members of the Partnership and with local communities, and has gained a foothold in Northern Ireland with the move towards an outcomes-based approach in policy making, both at central and local government. The support on shared leadership will help to facilitate the diffusion of power and decision-making abilities to organisations across the Partnerships and in local communities. It is intended that both sets of support will further enhance the skillsets of the Partnership organisations and local citizens.

The investment forms part of the Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project which was developed by the Trust to offer significant financial and in-kind support for three Community Planning Partnerships in Northern Ireland in the delivery of their Plans.

The new duties placed on local authorities and their statutory partners following the Review of Public Administration and subsequent legislation in 2014 have been transformational for local government, who have seized the opportunity to engage more with citizens in delivering the communities they want. This has been even more critical in the absence of an Executive in Northern Ireland.

Jennifer Wallace, Head of Policy at the Carnegie UK Trust, said:

‘We’re delighted to announce the nature of the support being provided our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project participants, particularly during National Co-production Week.

‘The benefits of working with citizens and communities and within effective partnerships are clear, but how to achieve this in practice is more complex. We look forward to experimenting and innovating with our project participants and making this learning available across Northern Ireland and the UK and Ireland more widely.’

Colm Bradley, Director of Community Places, said:

‘We will place an emphasis on practical skills for working co-productively, develop resource materials and capture learning which will enable all 11 of the Community Planning Partnerships to explore ideas and opportunities for genuine co-production of public services which can deliver local wellbeing outcomes through Community Planning’.

Majella McCloskey, Senior Manager at the Centre for Effective Services, added:

‘Sharing leadership is fundamental to achieving the potential of community planning in Northern Ireland. CES is delighted to be working with the Carnegie Embedding Wellbeing Project in Northern Ireland and with the three councils to co-design and innovate a new approach to shared leadership, and to adding to the knowledge about this approach’.