Area Partnerships & Community Fund Review - Findings report

reviewLast year Scottish Borders Council commissioned the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) to carry out an independent review of the Community Fund and Area Partnerships.

199 people took part in the review which has already resulted in some changes being made to the format of Area Partnerships.

Following nine weeks of public engagement SCDC produced 41 recommendations for SBC to consider.

Key messages from the review include:

indent1 After 18 months of operation the Area Partnerships have yet to realise the level of community engagement and involvement that was envisaged when they were established.

indent1Active steps need to be taken to attract a wider range of people from the local communities.

indent1Local people want to be included in the design of new partnership structures and funding proposals.

indent1Area Partnerships are performing well in selecting the issues they are dealing with and information sharing; however, there are challenges in ensuring that the people attending represent their community, transparency in decision making and the limited role for the community at meetings.

Scottish Borders Council discussed the results of the review at their meeting on 25 June and agreed that a further report should be brought to Council in August which will propose next steps for evolving Area Partnerships and Community Fund arrangements.

They would like to thank everyone who contributed to the review and the report produced by the Scottish Community Development Centre can be found here. We hope that you will work with all parties over the coming months to continue to reshape the Area Partnerships and Community Fund to reflect the observations and recommendations made within the report, to suit the nature of the communities which they cover and address the needs within them.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Communities & Partnerships Team if you have any queries.

Clare Malster
Strategic Community Engagement Officer
Communities and Partnerships Team, Customer & Communities
Scottish Borders Council