A Participation Request is a formal request by a community group, who want to make a difference to something that affects their community. The request may involve one or more Community Planning Partner(s).
We have a long and strong tradition of community engagement in East Ayrshire. Our aim is to ensure that our communities have the opportunities and support to enable them to be actively involved in the decisions that affect them.
There is already a broad range of engagement arrangements in place which are used by Community Planning Partners to address local issues, influence policy and shape services. However, partners are always seeking additional ways in which to engage with our communities. Through the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, the Scottish Government has introduced a new process of Participation Requests. Participation Requests have been introduced as a way to help community groups to have more say in, and to become actively involved in, making things better for their communities.
Participation Requests are just one of the ways that community groups can get involved in the decisions about the services delivered which affect their communities in East Ayrshire. If you would like to speak to us, to see whether a Participation Request is right for your group, please get in touch
We can also let you know if there are any other existing engagement processes that might help you to achieve what you want to do.
How to make a Participation Request
In accordance with the terms of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, each public service authority is required to publish an annual report which sets out how many participation requests they received, and the number agreed to and refused, over the reporting year.
2019/20 Annual Update
No participation requests were received in East Ayrshire during the 2019/20 reporting year.
Ongoing community engagement activity continues to be central to the work of our partnership.
Colleagues in Vibrant Communities and our partners continue to actively promote the full range of different ways that local people can get involved in our work.
Further details of the role that our communities have played in community planning activity over the last year will be provided as part of our Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) Annual Report 2019/20. This report will be presented for consideration by the CPP Board and Elected Members of East Ayrshire Council in September 2020.
Please note that our annual reporting practices for 2019/20 have been adapted in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.