GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL AND GLASGOW COMMUNITY & SAFETY SERVICES (GCSS): NITE ZONE

The ‘Nite Zone’ project is a multi-faceted project, pulling together several community safety themes aimed at facilitating the speedy and safe exit of people from the city centre at night and impacting on violent crime levels. The project includes enhanced street lighting, an extended CCTV footprint, deployment of additional ‘authority figures’ and improving the area’s environmental ‘feel’. Further additional strategies by partner agencies have since enhanced and extended the project. ‘Nite Zones’ have been running in Glasgow since December 2005 and continue to contribute positively to perceptions of public safety and reported violent crime levels.

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THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL: 21ST CENTURY HOMES – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY

Key to delivering Edinburgh’s commitment to new Council house building for the first time in a generation, is our Community Engagement Strategy. Ensuring that the views of local residents are at the forefront of our plans, we have set up Development Groups in each of our regeneration areas. The work of these groups follows a comprehensive ‘you said, we did’ approach and our final master plan for Gracemount, having been refined from three plans to two plans to one plan, was approved by Planning Committee in September 2009.

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ABERDEENSHIRE COMMUNITY PLANNING PARTNERSHIP: ABERDEENSHIRE CITIZENS’ PANEL

This project describes how the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership (ACPP) established and continues to manage the Aberdeenshire Citizens’ Panel. The Panel was first set up in 2003 following a grant award from the Scottish Government with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of the ACPP community consultation mechanism. Following a successful 18 month trial a decision was taken to continue use of the Panel. Funding is currently available to extend the life of the panel to at least 2013. There are currently over 1250 Aberdeenshire residents on the panel and they are spread quite evenly over the six areas of Aberdeenshire making the panel one of the most geographically dispersed in the country. To date 17 quarterly surveys have been carried out with an 18th scheduled for October 2009. Average response rates are 72% which is very high for a postal survey.

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NORTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL: NORTH AYRSHIRE CAMPUS OFFICER PROGRAMME

The North Ayrshire Campus Officer Programme was launched in October 2005 and was funded through a partnership initiative involving Educational Services, Strathclyde Police, and North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership’s (CPP’s) Safer North Ayrshire Partnership and Fairer North Ayrshire Programme. The results indicate that the officers are making a very real impact on school life, the cluster primary schools and the surrounding communities and outcomes are being met and exceeded. The programme supports the Government’s Curriculum for Excellence which aims to enable each child or young person to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor. Similarly, in terms of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit’s strategy to break the circle of violence, the work of campus officers is an investment in the future so that young people have a strong role model in shaping how they choose to lead their lives and learn how to deal with conflict and disagreement without resorting to violence. Although several campus officers are based within secondary schools throughout Scotland, it is contended that the partnership approach, funding, management, performance and achievement all combine to make the North Ayrshire Campus Officer programme worthy of consideration for this award.

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NHS AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN: WORKING TOGETHER – THE BROOKSBY MEDICAL AND RESOURCE CENTRE

The Brooksby Medical and Resource Centre project is a true example of partnership working. NHS Ayrshire & Arran and North Ayrshire Council have been able to provide the local people of Largs and the surrounding areas easy access to services under one roof.

The joint project:

• Was based on the sound concept that joint investment would lead to greater benefits for local people;

• Ensured that joint governance arrangements enabled the project to be managed effectively and efficiently;

• Implemented a clear communication strategy, which enabled effective consultation both internally and externally;

• Has embedded a continuous improvement culture ensuring that as the needs of the local people change, the centre can be easily adapted; and

• Ensured public involvement through the development of the Largs Public Reference Group which was set up specifically to monitor the consultation process and ensure outcomes were considered for inclusion.

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GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL & CITY BUILDING (GLASGOW) LLP: COMMUNITY PLANNING CONSTRUCTION CRAFT YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP

This project is part of City Building’s strategic response to target the most disadvantaged young people within the City of Glasgow by providing them with the opportunity to participate in training that will bring them into the labour market. Working in partnership with Glasgow Community Planning Partnership and the Local Community Planning Partnerships, City Building successfully delivered an additional 47 craft apprenticeship places to unemployed people from local communities who were far removed from the labour market.

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DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY COUNCIL: STEWARTRY AREA COMMITTEE AREA THEMED MEETINGS

To advance the community leadership role of local Elected Members, Stewartry Area Committee Themed Meetings were introduced in 2007. The Themed Meetings provide the opportunity for members of the public and a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations operating in many different settings across the Stewartry to communicate directly with Elected Members. Through focusing on specific themes, the aim is to encourage partnership working to address complex issues and improve services. Council Services with local Community Planning partners have the opportunity to engage, consult and obtain the views of the public, to inform and influence local decision making through the Stewartry Area Committee. The introduction of the Stewartry Area Committee Themed Meetings has been successful in:

• increasing public attendance and involvement in local decision making;

• increasing partnership working internally between Council Services and externally with local partners;

• enabling Elected Members to more effectively fulfilling their community leadership role.

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