Bryan Poole


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Bryan Poole, manager of Fife-wide Council for Voluntary Service, examines the success of voluntary and community sector engagement with community planning in Fife.

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Bryan Poole

  1. 1. Bryan Poole Manager CVS Fife
  2. 2. Cover <ul><li>What is it </li></ul><ul><li>Why Community Planning </li></ul><ul><li>How do we do it in Fife </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary Sector as Partner? </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Community Planning V Local Community Planning; Community Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>What If I Was Starting with a Blank Sheet? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Community Planning What is it? <ul><li>What does it infer? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Involvement? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local people getting involved in the decision making processes as it affects them? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What is it in actuality? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily about Public Sector Service Providers working together </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Community Planning <ul><li>Poor relationships between Public Sector providers </li></ul><ul><li>Better use of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Joined up services makes sense </li></ul><ul><li>Sum of the parts greater than the individual </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily around Service Delivery </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do we do it in Fife? <ul><li>Strategic – Fife Partnership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fife Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NHS Fife </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communities Scotland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fife Constabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scottish Enterprise Fife </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fife’s Higher and Further Education Establishments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fife’s Voluntary Sector (CVS Fife) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Planning Implementation Group </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do we do it in Fife? (cont) <ul><li>Strategic Partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifelong Learning Partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Alliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local projects/initiatives (Local Community Planning?) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Targeting needs of young children/families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Involves; Education/Social Work/Health/Scottish Enterprise Fife/F.E College/Voluntary Sector </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regeneration </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Victim Support </li></ul><ul><li>SACRO </li></ul><ul><li>Apex Fife </li></ul><ul><li>Fife Women’s Network </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Fife Alcohol Support Service </li></ul><ul><li>Drug & Alcohol Project Levenmouth </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdom Abuse Survivor’s Project </li></ul><ul><li>Workers Educational Association </li></ul><ul><li>West Fife Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>BRAG Enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>Fife Employment Access Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Fife Women’s Technology Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Shaw Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Centre Fife </li></ul><ul><li>Fife Society for the Blind </li></ul><ul><li>Crossroads Dunfermline </li></ul><ul><li>Forth & Tay Disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Ramblers </li></ul><ul><li>Open Door Fife </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens Advice & Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Fife </li></ul><ul><li>Fife Elderly Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria Family Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer Network Fife </li></ul><ul><li>The Richmond </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>WECAN </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Fife </li></ul><ul><li>Burntisland 20/20 Development </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Craigencalt Ecology Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Core Club </li></ul><ul><li>FEAT </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Lomonds </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Childminding Association </li></ul>Voluntary Sector As A Partner
  8. 8. Voluntary Sector as Partner? <ul><li>In or Out? </li></ul><ul><li>Equal or Unequal? </li></ul><ul><li>Full or Partial? </li></ul><ul><li>Lead or Led? </li></ul><ul><li>Because of our contribution or to tick the box? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Strategic vs Local Community Planning <ul><li>Strategic </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Better Planning of Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Better coordination of services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Notion of partnership/working together promoted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Probable Improvement in some areas of activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Improvement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Better use of resources </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Strategic vs Local Community Planning <ul><li>Local and Community Engagement? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary Sector has engagement via </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Representation within strategic partnerships and structures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some evidence that Voluntary Sector as a contributor to the Community Plan is acknowledged </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Significant success in accessing ‘project funding’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More limited progress in ‘influencing policy’ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Local Community Planning <ul><li>Local and Community Engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking Local People? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indirect engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Via </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Officials </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Councillors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Official Structures </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Forums? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Area committees? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What If I was starting with a Blank Sheet? <ul><li>Agree what is meant by Community Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Involvement or just better working practices amongst Public Sector service providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Start at the Level of Community </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do local people think? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are the needs within local communities? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Starting point – What’s wrong/what could be better just now </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Beware of Complicated Structures </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Structure to achieve something </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Never think you’ve achieved anything by creating a structure!! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. What If I was starting with a Blank sheet? <ul><li>Has to be more than SERVICE DELIVERY </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It should be about strengthening and building communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It should about Developing Communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It should be about Community Participation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Agree a current baseline for future measurement comparison </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How will you know if anything’s having an impact? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask Partners/get Clarity why they want Voluntary/Community sector as Partner? </li></ul>
  14. 14. What if I was starting with a Blank Sheet? <ul><li>Joint training and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide funding to enable the voluntary and community sector to participate and engage on an equal footing </li></ul></ul></ul>