South Ayrshire Communities Conference Presentation v2

South Ayrshire
Julia Whitaker
Joan O’Sullivan
Ailsa Horizons
Alan Jones Associates
South Ayrshire Communities
Our Communities
Why 12 Communities and not 7?
South Ayrshire already has 12
communities who have gone
through local level action planning.
Completion of the 12 remaining
rural communities will mean that
all SA rural communities have
plans to take forward
South Ayrshire Communities
What are people saying?
“Our Symington Park
Project will provide our
community with better
sports facilities”
“We want to encourage
visitors to the castle to
come into the village
and see what else we
have to offer.”
“We want more
affordable houses for
our young people so
they can afford to stay
in Symington.”
“We want to make sure
our older residents can
stay here in Symington
living confidently and
“strong and well run
community council”
“great young farmers activities”
There is good
community spirit in
“we will work hard
to make sure we
get a bypass”
“Loans needs more
volunteers to help make
things happen”
“ Village hall could close
unless we get more help”
“Saving our Harbour and
Light Tower and opening it
out to the public will bring
in more visitors ”
“We will work hard to
get our new sports
facilities installed”
South Ayrshire Communities
Who have we spoken with to express opinion?
 We are collecting the views of at least 50 individuals in each community to build a
picture of what they feel about where they live and their local services and facilities.
 We are speaking to community groups and organisations to build a picture of the
diverse range of organisations and activities available in each community
 We have mapped the community and noted the services within each community
 We are talking to other key organisations and stakeholders, to map their activities in
local communities
 We have taken account of any current and recent consultations and other research
carried out within communities to inform the action plans
 Local primary school children are taking part in consultations in the school
 South Ayrshire Youth Forum members Had the opportunity to express their opinions
during their 2013 conference and Young Scot events
 We are holding coffee mornings to encourage more people to come and talk to us
and each other in a more social setting – “We bring the cake and you bring the chat”
South Ayrshire Communities
What are the emerging priorities in our Communities?
 Maybole want Town Centre improvements and a new A77 bypass
 Bring together Sporting Groups in Dundonald
 Improve and create more walking trails around Kirkmichael
 Hall improvements needed in Dunure and Loans
 Symington community concerned that new housing developments will change the
character of village
 Annbank parents concerned about Primary School refurbishments
 Children in Minishant are frightened to walk or cycle to the shop because of the
traffic on the A77
 Crosshill residents concerned about the state of the roads
 Straiton residents have concerns regarding wind farm developments
 Coylton are working with South Ayrshire Council to create a new sports area next to
school grounds
 Craigie Community are considering a wind turbine to generate revenue to support
community projects
South Ayrshire Communities
Some common themes between all communities
 Litter and Dog Fouling – our children have told us this
 More activities for young people in particular
 Many of the communities want better sports and play park facilities
 Many of the communities want to have better communications
 Many of the communities want to make the most of our heritage and culture to
maximise our tourism offer
South Ayrshire Communities
Have we had any difficulties?
 Making initial contacts in some communities
 Long times between community council meetings
 Other community issues more important in some communities so difficult to
engage with people
 Many of the communities have little volunteer capacity or time
 Many volunteers work during the day
 Many people cannot give any more time to support Ayrshire 21 as they have
more than enough to do with their own activities
 Getting people together to talk
 Catching people in at home during the day
 Gaining peoples trust
South Ayrshire Communities
Completing the Project
 We are preparing draft action plans
 Talk to partners and agencies to gain their support and enlist their help to
support actions within the plan
 Keep communities informed and obtain opinion and support to turn drafts
into adopted plans
 Print final plans and distribute within the community and also to those
partnering with communities to turn ideas and aspirations into real and
lasting change
 We will continue to work with communities to deliver these actions with
Strengthening Our Communities
What's Next?
Colette McGarva
Community Engagement Officer
South Ayrshire Council
Strengthening Our
 Implement community development /asset based approaches to strengthen
communities in order to unlock potential
 Easi4Communities programme- Teams from Ailsa Horizons, Voluntary Action
South Ayrshire, Housing, Community Safety, CLD (youth & adult based
learning) and Community Engagement working together
 Strengthening Communities Programme- implemented in various parts of
South Ayrshire
 Further roll out of training to CPP senior managers in community
engagement and VOiCE ( Visioning Outcomes in Community Engagement)
Strengthening Our
Single Outcome Agreement- Outcomes Overview
Partnership priorities: Safer and Stronger Communities
What we want to achieve in 10 years: Communities in South Ayrshire are stronger and safer
Long term outcomes ( 5-10 years)
 Communities are more confident and empowered to address the issues that
matter to them
Strengthening Our
 Communities
 Community Councils
 Social Enterprises ( including Ailsa Horizons) & South Ayrshire Social
Enterprise Network
 Voluntary Action South Ayrshire
 South Ayrshire Council
 Police Scotland
 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
 University of West of Scotland
 Ayrshire College
 Scottish Rural College
Strengthening Our
Next Steps
 Present findings to Community Planning Partnerships and mirrored thematic
 Liaise with locality partnerships including North Carrick CLD partnership and
Carrick Community Councils Forum/Carrick & Kyle Rural Forum
 inform Carrick /Kyle Development Strategy
 Further development of Strengthening Communities programme
 Bring key stakeholders together who can support the process and
implementation of action plans

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