Local councils to report on progress of Community Planning

May 31, 2019

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Representatives from the 11 Community Planning Partnerships will meet in Lisburn on Monday to discuss how Community Planning is making a difference and delivering results across Northern Ireland.  The importance of telling the story of Community Planning will be explored as councils get ready to report progress to the Department for Communities by November 2019.

The event will be hosted by the Carnegie UK Trust (CUKT) as part of their Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland Project.  CUKT successfully worked with others to ensure the inclusion of wellbeing within the draft Programme for Government and the event will bring speakers and practitioners together to hear about the challenges and opportunities of communicating important public policy changes to individuals and communities in a way that is understandable and interesting.

The project is directly supporting the Community Planning Partnerships working in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon; Derry and Strabane; and Lisburn and Castlereagh, and the wider Community Planning Network on common challenges.

Chair of the project Advisory Group, Aideen McGinley said:

“Community Planning has the potential to be game-changing in terms of how we make policy and deliver services in Northern Ireland. It facilitates a dialogue with the community in a meaningful way, ensuring that people are involved in decisions made about them. It also brings all tiers of government, as well as the wider statutory and voluntary sector together, with the aim of more efficient and more effective government that puts the wellbeing of its citizens at the heart of everything it does.

“This is the first real test of how Community Planning is making a difference and delivering results. With less than two years to consider, the challenge for partnerships and councils is the need to evidence change in such a short space of time.”