Targeted Open call opportunity
Seeking members to join the 8 x Local Community Growth Partnership Boards
Are you passionate about helping to deliver change in your local area?
Would you be enthusiastic about overseeing the implementation of the Local Community Growth Plan for your area?
This is your opportunity to do so!
Deadline for applications: 4pm on Friday 28th September 2018
I The Opportunity
Localised Community Planning is the process through which public sector organisations work together and with local communities and the Voluntary Sector, to identify and solve local challenges, improve services and share resources. Its aim is to make sure that people and communities are genuinely engaged in decisions made about the public services which affect them. Allied to this is a commitment / duty by all those who deliver services in the City and District to work together to provide the co-ordinated, high quality outcomes people rightly expect.
As part of the Community Planning Process in the Derry City & Strabane District Council Area, a ‘Local Community Growth Plan’ has been produced for each of the seven District Electoral Areas (DEAs) and Strabane town. The 7 DEAs are: Ballyarnett, Derg, Faughan, Sperrin, Moor, Foyleside and the Waterside.
The Council is now seeking representatives from the community to join the Local Community Growth Partnership Boards, which will oversee the implementation of these plans. This represents an important opportunity for suitably skilled and motivated individuals to be part of delivering real change and development within their community.
II What is Local Community Planning?
- The Local Government Act (NI) 2014 made provision for placing the responsibility for the new duty of community planning on to councils and their community planning partners
- District councils have a leadership role in the process and Derry City & Strabane District Council has sought to actively encourage local people and organisations to become involved in the community planning process, and to demonstrate the benefits of community planning, how it assists with delivering better outcomes for citizens and more efficient and effective service delivery and reporting on progress
- Community planning partners were included in the ‘The Local Government (Community Planning Partners) Order 2015, which names organisations that are required to participate in community planning:
- The Education and Library Board (relevant to the council area)
- The Health & Social Care Trust (relevant to the council area)
- Public Health Agency
- Health and Social Care Board
- Police Service of Northern Ireland
- Fire and Rescue Service
- Northern Ireland Housing Executive
- Invest Northern Ireland
- Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Community planning partners are effectively ‘champions’ for the process,responsible for demonstrating the benefits of this collaborative approach to community planning and how it assists with delivering better outcomes for citizens and more efficient and effective service delivery.
III What is the role of Local Community Growth Partnership Boards?
- Council has agreed that the most effective way to meet its statutory requirements and objectives as outlined in the Community Plan is to implement a model of engagement through the establishment of eight Local Community Growth Partnership Boards, aligned with each of the 7 DEAs (Ballyarnett, Derg, Faughan, Sperrin, Moor, Waterside and Foyleside) and Strabane Town.
- Local Community Growth Partnerships will provide the mechanism for continuous engagement at a grass roots level, feed directly into operational Thematic Delivery Groups and input at a strategic level through the Community Planning Partnership;
- It is proposed that Forum meetings are held bi-monthly; members of the Local Community Growth Partnership Board will be required to attend at least 4 / 6 two-hour meetings per year.
- The effectiveness of the Local Community Growth Partnership Board is dependent on ensuring that the membership, as far as reasonably possible, reflects the views and opinions of the entire community the body represents and yet at the same time safeguards against the creation of an oversized, unwieldy partnership that exhausts the resources of both key community / voluntary, business and statutory partnership
Membership will include:
- Elected representatives for the defined geographical area
- Up to ten (two per ward) community representatives who can illustrate significant linkages with local community and voluntary organisations.
The Local Community Growth Partnership members will hold their positions for a period of three years
IV Background to the ‘Targeted Open Call for Nominations’ to select members
Following an extensive consultation process, it has been agreed that in some areas new Local Community Growth Partnership Boards will be established, whilst in other areas, existing structures will be built upon. Therefore, the requirement for new and/ or additional members of the Local Community Growth Partnership Boards will vary across the DEAs.
The Council is looking for a membership that reflects the views and opinions of the community within the Local Growth Planning Area. On this basis it is important that members:
Can demonstrate representation on behalf of a number of local community and voluntary organisations.
Nominees will be expected to clearly demonstrate the nature of their involvement and/or formal role with each relevant organisation and describe how they would be able to gather views from the organisation and feedback information from the DEA should they be nominated.
- Can demonstrate a knowledge and experience in the subsectors relevant to the individual Local Community Growth Plan, which will include some or all of those listed below:
|Health & Wellbeing|
|Children & Young People|
|Education & Skills|
|Enterprise & the Economy|
|Tourism, Arts & Culture|
|Physical & Environmental Regeneration|
|Infrastructure, Energy, Waste, Transport & Water|
We want each of the eight Local Community Growth Partnership Boards to have members who will represent as wide a range as possible of the above key themes, which are relevant to community planning. We will particularly welcome nominations from networks who can demonstrate specific representation on behalf of Section 75 groups. Section 75 requires Derry & Strabane District Council, in carrying out all its functions and duties, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:
- Between people of different religious beliefs, political opinions, racial groups, age, marital status or sexual orientation
- Between men and women generally
- Between persons with a disability and persons without
- Between persons with dependents and persons without
Nominations will be welcomed from those individuals pertaining to ‘under represented groups’ including:
- Young people
- Older people
- Disabled people
- People from the Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
Nominees will be expected to demonstrate how they feel they represent any of the above groups and provide details of the organisations they work with in this context.
Please note during the nomination consideration process Derry City & Strabane District Council reserves the right to consider the below factors when considering which nominees will be offered DEA Local Community Growth Partnership Board membership:
- The requirements of the particular DEA in terms of identified gaps in relevant skills and experience in particular sub sectors
- The extent to which the individual nominee has demonstrated their relevant skills, experience and representation of local community and voluntary organisations on the nomination form
- Due regard to the Council’s need to promote equality of opportunity and consideration of the needs of underrepresented groups.
V Nomination Submission
Your complete nomination form can be submitted by either email or post as follows:
61 Duncairn Gardens
Belfast, BY15 2GB
Sector Matters cannot accept incomplete nomination forms or nomination forms received after the closing date.
Contact details: if you have any queries regarding the nomination process, please contact Sector Matters by telephoning 028 9087 5015 or emailing DEAnominations@sectormatters.com.