One of the discussion groups at the South Ayrshire Community Conference.
160 people from communities across South Ayrshire attended the South Ayrshire Community Conference, organised by the Community Planning Partnership.
Delegates at the conference learned about the recent review of Community Planning in South Ayrshire and the significant changes in health and social care services which will came into effect on 1 April 2015.
The conference was an opportunity to find out more about the changes to Community Planning governance. The Partnership will have 3 new strategic groups reflecting the more focused priorities of Health and Wellbeing, Economy and Employment and Community Safety. A working group will consider how public services can adopt more preventative approaches which will take demand out the system in a challenging climate of reducing budgets. The new governance arrangements reflect the formation of the new localities and include the formation of a Community Forum which will draw membership from each of the six localities.
Claire Monaghan, Head of Communities for South Ayrshire Council said: "The conference considered the localities and how they will enable more effective engagement with local people in the planning of services for their area. New locality planning groups are being established, initially for health and social care services but over time will include other partners services, and Council services where appropriate. Following the recent launch events, feedback was given on the issues raised in communities in terms of the challenges and the opportunities for each locality."
A series of workshops offered time for discussions, with the focus being on current topics such as setting up social enterprises, transferring assets to our communities and developing more local approaches to the provision of healthy, affordable food.
The highlight of the conference was the inspiring input from two men whose lives were blighted by substance misuse. With help from partners, they found confidence in themselves to turn their lives around, gain qualifications and employment and are now planning bright futures.