Update from the Community Planning Partnership Board Meetings

Our final CPP Board meeting of 2022 took place on Thursday 1 December 2022, with a focus on the Cost of Living Crisis and the work being taken forward across our CPP to improve outcomes for children and young people in East Ayrshire.

Cost of Living
Jo Gibson, Head of Wellbeing and Recovery, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, presented an Update on the Partnership Response to the Cost of Living Crisis and the resources that are being mobilised to support our local communities. Other partners joined the discussion, highlighting work being taken forward by Ayrshire College and the voluntary sector, and identifying opportunities for the further co-ordination of this work, to maximise its reach across our communities.

Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People
Linda McAulay-Griffiths, Chief Education Officer and Head of Education, presented the East Ayrshire Education Service’s Standards and Quality Report 2021/22. This report provides an overview of the progress to date of the priorities set by Education during the period 2021-22 and links directly to the local outcomes as set out in the East Ayrshire Community Plan and the national priorities outlined in the National Improvement Framework. There was discussion about the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on our children and young people, the mental health and wellbeing supports that have been put in place, and the resilience shown in the recovery in attainment at all levels following the pandemic.  

Section 4 of the report contains reference to the highest ever leaver’s positive destination percentage of 95.7% of young people leaving school moving into positive destinations. Recognising the partnership work that goes in to supporting this achievement, Angela Cox, Chief Executive and Principal, East Ayrshire College, and Claire Tooze, Skills Development Scotland Area Manager each provided an update on the work being taken forward through their agencies to support this.

Inquiry into Community Planning
Board Members received an update on the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing & Planning Committee’s recently launched inquiry into Community Planning. It was agreed that a joint CPP response would be prepared and Board Members also agreed to share the details of the call for views more widely, to encourage a wider East Ayrshire response to the online consultation exercise which is live until 30 December 2022.

Our 2023 CPP Board meeting dates are:

  • Thursday 9 March 2023
  • Thursday 8 June 2023
  • Thursday 14 September 2023 (joint performance engagement event with East Ayrshire Council)
  • Thursday 21 September 2023
  • Thursday 30 November 2023.