This category provides an opportunity to highlight creative approaches to developing Community Planning in communities across Scotland. With an emphasis on the development of outcomes approaches as a means of transforming public service, winners have demonstrated evidence of forward looking approaches to joining-up service delivery, and shown how this collaboration is delivering early intervention and prevention.
Winners have also made clear and recognised improvements to the “human element” of service delivery by enhancing and enriching the lives of residents or other service users through truly effective collaboration. Partnership working and Best Value are key to projects in this category, as well as the potential for roll-out out across the country.
In essence, our Achieving Better Outcomes winners have demonstrated how their initiative is successful at providing outcomes within communities that make them better places in which to live and work.
City of Edinburgh Council – Leith Decides
Leith Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) was aware that annual surveys had consistently shown that most people in Leith don’t feel able to influence what happens in their area. Several staff responded by working with community volunteers to hone a participatory budgeting (PB) approach. Giving Leithers the decision‐making power over a devolved Community Grants Fund has dramatically increased the number of people engaged in local decisions, reconnecting people with very local democracy. Participants have rated this approach highly and value the decision‐making opportunity.
City of Edinburgh Council – The Lighthouse Keepers Joint Transition Project
“Early Years practitioners are working together towards the same ends to achieve the same results. We are sharing a common language to see the bigger picture using a solution centred approach to get where we are going”, Angela Paul, Manager, Moffat Early Years Campus.
122 families were taken on a transition journey from nursery, through the summer break and into primary one by way of a series of enjoyable challenges, developed around the children’s books by Ronda and David Armitage. As a collegiate group our aims As a collegiate group our aims for The Lighthouse Keepers Joint Transition Project were to create a high quality, interactive and creative learning experience for local families and in doing so, raise attainment by supporting parents /carers to become more fully engaged in their children’s learning.
West Dunbartonshire Council – Seasons for Growth
Seasons for Growth (SfG) is a grief and loss education programme . It aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people (aged 6-18 years) who have experienced significant change in their lives. This is usually as a result of death, separation or divorce. SfG is a peer support programme and is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. It examines the impact of changes such as death, separation, divorce, and natural disaster on our lives, and explores how we can learn to live with and grow from these experiences. Although its origins are elsewhere, West Dunbartonshire has adopted the programme as written and identified areas where further support is required to achieve the best outcomes for young people in our locality. The challenges inherent in an area of severe deprivation necessitates that the original concept has had to be refined and further developed to cope with higher than average incidences of drug related deaths, poor mental health and suicides. The essence of successful delivery rests upon a multi-professional commitment and partnership from within the Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) and West Dunbartonshire Council Educational Services, working in partnership together and alongside members of other professions and organisations. Capacity building is central to the multi-professional approach and supports the common goals which all sectors have a duty to target. The core intentions of this programme are the development of resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing.
Renfrewshire Council – Employability in Partnership
Youth employability is one of the most important priorities of local government today and all community planning partners (CPPs) are working collaboratively to reduce unemployment in their areas. This submission relates to a new, more active and effective CPP employability partnership with the private sector as the key strategic and delivery partner at its centre. For the last 2 years Renfrewshire Council and its CPPs have increasingly been incorporating contributions from the private sector into its employability work. The results and success of that work, the enthusiasm and commitment from employers and the added value they bring, has resulted in a more formal approach to, and commitment from, local companies to play their part. The “Invest in Renfrewshire” Initiative asks local companies to “sign up” to support Renfrewshire’s young people and to be part of a formal partnership with the Council and partners.
Aberdeenshire Council – Operation Hotspur
“It was a cold wet December afternoon. I was so depressed and I was thinking about trying to kill myself like I had tried in the past as I just couldn’t cope anymore, I needed help. I’d just been to see my GP, but he wouldn’t help me because of my drinking. I had quite a bad drink problem you see. Thing is he didn’t offer me any help to stop drinking either. I didn’t know what to do or where to turn to next to get help I was desperate. It was then a Police Officer saw me and approached me in the street, he knew about all my problems. I couldn’t believe it; he said he could help me, I was then referred to Operation Hotspur.”
Like many people thanks to Operation Hotspur this person got the help she needed when she needed it the most. Operation Hotspur was a two pronged approach between Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Substance Misuse Service (CSMS) and Grampian Police Aberdeenshire Division in order to tackle the impact of substance misuse in North East Communities. By utilising this partnership approach it was the intention to give both a clear message of law enforcement whilst at the same time providing opportunities to those involved in substance misuse to access services, to assist in changing their lifestyle and pursue a journey of recovery. Operation Hotspur has given a number of people the opportunity to not only receive support in addressing their substance misuse issue but any other issues that they may have in their life, which in return has reduced offending behaviour and contact with Police and has enabled them to contribute back into their local community. For the lady mentioned above, she is receiving support for her alcohol issues, is receiving treatment for her depression, is looking for employment and feels that she is now in control of her life and can see she has a future. In her own words, she owes Operation Hotspur her life.
Glasgow City Council – Fast Track Team
In response to the implementation of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 which introduced Community Payback Orders and the consequent new National Standards for Criminal Justice, the Fast Track Project was implemented in February 2011. The main objective was to provide an assessment and immediate work placement for service users subject to a requirement of unpaid work directly from the Court.
The project has exceeded National Standards by delivering a same day visible service that promotes both credibility of the Court order and encourages compliance.
Fife Council – Library/Literacy Book and Film Events
The Fife Library/Literacy Book and Film events are designed to encourage local adults who do not currently engage with adult learning or library services to explore the benefits of reading and learning. Local adults who lack confidence in their reading skills, either because they have literacy learning needs, have suffered from mental health difficulties leading to concentration issues, or people who have just lost the reading habit have reported increased confidence in their reading skills as a result of this project. Other measurable outcomes include more people accessing library services and taking up other community based adult learning opportunities. The project is delivering excellence as the simple, non threatening format of the events is producing real results, working with the “hard to reach” in Fife in an informal setting and no other service is delivering in this format nationally.