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.

South Lanarkshire Council: Connect 2

Connect 2 helps people who live inSouth Lanarkshireand have experienced significant barriers getting back to work as well as offering training in Health and Social Care. Barriers can include previous addiction to alcohol or drugs, mental health problems criminal convictions, literacy and numeracy problems, physical and learning disabilities, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Connect 2 has consistently achieved outstanding results with on average 80% of participants completing interventions gaining work or training progressions. Its 3-stage Place & Train model is recognised nationally as an example of Best practice by the Scottish Government and has been a catalyst for further employability programme development.

Download more information: ABO09 Connect 2

Renfrewshire Council: Procurement Reform Project

Following review of the Scottish Public Sector Procurement by John McLelland in 2006, Renfrewshire Council took the opportunity to transform its Corporate Procurement Unit (CPU), from a fragmented administrative support section, to a centralised strategic function with the remit to deliver significant financial savings through smarter procurement strategy and practice.  The procurement reform project was initiated in 2009 to implement the recommendations arising from the procurement capability assessment to gain improved performance status; a project team was created to implement the project using the Council’s project management framework and the Head of Strategic Procurement appointed to lead the project.  Renfrewshire Council achieved the highest increase in capability score in the procurement capability assessment (PCA) moving from 21%, at the start of this project, to 55% in November 2010.  The project also delivered significant financial recurring savings of £2m in 2010/11 that are contributing to the major transformation programme being undertaken by the Council and our practices are now being replicated by other councils and bodies.

Download more information: ABO30 Procurement Reform Project

Inverclyde Council: Speak Up

‘Speak Up’ is a youth strategy group comprising of highly motivated young people aged 12-25 who are actively making a difference in the communities of Inverclyde and are working to improve the lives of all young people in the area.  The group was originally established to ensure that young people had an independent voice in the community and were consulted and listened to on important issues that affect them, however it has developed for itself a role as an active campaign body within Inverclyde, hosting events and utilising technology to raise awareness of important issues such as knife crime (No Knives, Better Lives) and staying safe online (Safety Net Inverclyde).  This in turn has helped to improve the safety and wellbeing of other young people in Inverclyde.

Download more information: ABO33 Speak Up

West Dunbartonshire Council: Women’ Support Service

The Women’s Support Service (WSS) was initiated against a background of concerns regarding consistently high levels of reported domestic violence in West Dunbartonshire and benefits from the support of the West Dunbartonshire Violence Against Women Partnership. It provides a service to female partners/ex-partners of domestic abuse perpetrators as an integrated criminal justice response and to female offenders experiencing domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence (GBV).

Download more information: ABO37 Women’ Support Service

Scottish Borders Council : Eyemouth Skills Transition Partnership Project

That there is a ‘dip’ in pupil’s learning as they move from P7 to S1 is well researched. This innovative ongoing project, which has formed a wide partnership of agencies, continues to provide opportunities for pupils to meet, reflect on their skills, develop peer relationships, and to link up their learning. Through a variety of different and varied experiences, pupils are now arriving atEyemouthHigh School, ready to learn and take on the challenges of being successful in a new environment. The partnerships formed have become strong, and have led to even more innovation and joint working to implement the Curriculum for Excellence.

Download more information: ABO11 Eyemouth Skills Transition Partnership Project

South Ayrshire Council: South Ayrshire Youth Housing Support Group

The South Ayrshire Council Youth Housing Support Group (YHSG) is a multi disciplinary team which works collaboratively to prevent and alleviate the effects of homelessness for young people in South Ayrshire. The Group consists of representatives from Housing and Homelessness Management, Housing Support, Family Mediation, Training and Employment support, Housing Policy and Strategy, Social Work and Through-care and Criminal Justice services. It was developed based on the recognition that young people can become homeless as a result of a range of multi-dimensional issues including; leaving home in an unplanned way due to relationship difficulties, having no income or knowledge of the benefits system, no chance of returning home, limited housing options, unrealistic expectations and emotional upset and crisis.

The group looks beyond the young person’s housing needs and assesses support needs in relation to safety and security, social networks, independent living, physical and mental health, training and employment, legal issues and addiction issues. The group has close links to the South Ayrshire Child Protection Committee, and all support plans are integrated with the GIRFEC agenda and SHANARI outcomes and reflect Good Practice in relation to Child Protection

Download more information: ABO32 South Ayrshire Youth Housing Support Group

The Highland Council: Vacant and Derelict Land Fund

Between September 2008 and March 2011, The Highland Council and its partners achieved the removal of over 17 Hectares of vacant and derelict land from the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey.  By carefully investing a £4.5m Scottish Government grant the Council has to date levered £14.8m of other monies and in doing has contributed towards delivering:

•       21 serviced commercial plots.

•       145 affordable homes.

•       186 construction jobs.

•       Acquisition and preparation of land capable of accommodating 117 residential units.

•       Improving knowledge on a number of sites that will inform and stimulate development in future years.

Download more information: ABO36 Vacant and Derelict Land Fund

Fife Constabulary: Youth Offender Management Group

The Youth Offender Management Group (YOMG) has been in operation since 2007, addressing offending committed by under 16’s.  This scheme has been instrumental in reducing volume crimes such as vandalism, and can evidence a real reduction in repeat offending rates.

Central to the ethos of the YOMG is achieving better outcomes for the children and young people of Fife.  This is achieved by responding, more effectively to needs and concerns at an earlier stage, whilst meeting the Getting It Right agenda.

Performance data produced evidences a successful reduction in the number of Police Reports submitted to the Children’s Reporter with 2,143 being submitted in 2006/07 to 312 in 2010/11.  In addition, the number of persistent repeat offenders managed by the scheme also significantly educed from 112 in 2007/08 to 4 in 2010/11.

 Recent analytical evidence showing the impact of the work carried out by the YOMG shows a reduction of 45% in youth offending in Fife since the YOMG’s inception.

Download more information: ABO40 Youth Offender Management Group