The Orkney Partnership Board

During 2014, Orkney Community Planning Partnership undertook a fundamental review of its purpose, priorities and structure. The review was informed by an internal programme of development workshops, changing national expectations of community planning, an external audit of community planning and a national improvement programme for third sector involvement in community planning. As a result, the Partnership has been reconfigured and a new, streamlined structure developed, which is modelled on the new statutory framework for community planning set out in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, due for enactment in summer 2015.

The core structure comprises a Partnership Board and currently three Delivery Partnership Groups, formed to focus on the three key strategic priorities of the Partnership. These priorities will change over time and are currently Healthy and Sustainable Communities, Positive Ageing and a Vibrant Economic Environment.

The membership of the Orkney Partnership Board is drawn from the list of statutory partners included in the new Bill plus Voluntary Action Orkney and Orkney Housing Association. The Chairs of the three current Delivery Partnership Groups are compiling plans to progress their priorities, which will be drawn together into a draft Local Outcomes Improvement Plan for consultation during summer 2015.

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