Involving local people in decisions that affect their lives is a key responsibility of the Community Planning Partnership.
By improving and embedding community engagement practice across the partnership we can ensure that our communities are genuinely engaged and empowered and can therefore be involved in decisions that affect their lives. By achieving a common understanding of community engagement at all levels of the partnership, coordinating and consolidating community engagement activity, and ensuring that staff and community members have the right tools to undertake engagement that is appropriate and fit for purpose, we can help to achieve active and empowered communities. We want to achieve better quality engagement that is effective and influential and informs decisions and service provision. Improving community engagement, and the structures, processes and practices that help deliver it will ultimately result in improved outcomes for our communities.
The CPP supports a number of equality forums which provide a platform for partners to gain an understanding of the diverse experiences of our communities and provide direct access to representatives of the protected characteristics for consultation and engagement purposes. Some forums are engaged in positive policy discussion whereas others have focused attention on community engagement activity. The forums enable us to progress the key theme of the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan, 'Tackling Inequality', and link in to the Community Engagement Plan - giving a voice to typically hard to reach populations.
- The Race Forum aims to promote diversity and equality amongst all cultures and to highlight race equality issues. Contact Susan Gordon email@example.com for more information.
- The Faith Group brings together the different faiths in West Lothian to focus on common areas of concern and potential joint faith-related campaigns and policy inputs. The Faith Group launched a in January 2015, highlighting the needs and influences of different faith traditions for local employers, members of the community and those delivering services locally, in order to create a deeper sense of understanding and enhanced engagement with faith groups in West Lothian. An of the Handbook has also been developed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Interfaith Scotland now have a dedicated page on their website dedicated to West Lothian's Faith Group. This gives information on the groups remit, membership and meetings.
- The LGBT Glitter Canons youth Group is a supportive network for LGBT young people aged 12-25 years and also works to promote inclusion and to influence policy issues improving young peoples participation, wellbeing and life chances. Contact Jane Drysdale for further information.
- West Lothian Pride aims to bring the local and wider community together and our aim is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT Individuals, their friends, family and allies. The small community group lead by dedicated volunteers would like to hear from you, if you are an individual, group or business who in some way would like to help us continue, to make West Lothian Pride a success.
West Lothian Access Committee
West Lothian Access Committee, a sub group of Disability West Lothian, works across the private, public and third sector to remove physical and attitudinal barriers to equality, and to promote all aspects of independent living within the West Lothian community. West Lothian Access Fund is available to charitable and voluntary organisations to improve access and use of facilities or premises. Applications are made through the Access Committee and administered by West Lothian Council. Contact details; West Lothian Access Committee, Disability West Lothian, James Young House, Pumpherston, EH53 0LQ.
Participation Requests are one part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 is a new piece of legislation that gives communities additional rights, through having more say in how public services are planned and provided; owning or leasing land, assets and estates; and becoming involved in improving the outcomes of services.
Participation requests are part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. They are already a number of ways local people in West Lothian can get involved in decisions that affect their lives. Participation requests represent a new way that community groups can make a difference to their community and to have more say about services in West Lothian.
Before you start
A has been developed by West Lothian Council to give more detailed information on what a participation request is, who can make a request and the process in general. We would strongly encourage community bodies to consider this and to discuss proposals with council officers before making a formal request. This will allow community groups to make sure that they are an eligible 'Community Participation Body', ensure they are applying to the right public body, find out if a joint application may be better, find out if joining existing processes may be more suitable and discuss any support and capacity needs. Please see the Toolkit for more information.
How to make a Participation Request
If you would like to submit a Participation Request, please complete the and submit electronically to: email@example.com or by post to Community Planning Team, Community Planning & Regeneration, 1st Floor North, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6FF.
The council's Community Planning and Regeneration team will be the 'gatekeepers' for requests to West Lothian Council. The team can be contacted at E: firstname.lastname@example.org, T: 01506 81086, to discuss any potential request.
Groups can make a request to a number of public organisations. The Community Planning and Regeneration Team can direct you to the appropriate contact if you are looking to submit or discuss a request with another local public body.
West Lothian Council Participation Requests
Participation Requests Received
Submitted by: Bathgate Community Council (BCC)
Participation Request: Increased awareness within the Bathgate community of the council's roads policies and where the community can influence and improve existing policies through local involvement.
Submitted by: Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council
Participation Request: Request for a community council representative to become a member of the Local Area Committee.
Submitted by: Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council
Participation Request: Request for representation on the Vennel project team and to contribute to the project briefing process to ensure the views of the community are taken into account.
Information & Support
Summary Guidance from the Scottish Centre for Community Development is available.
Guidance can also be found on the Scottish Governments website.