Community Planning and Wellbeing

Alderman Robert Gibson

Working Group Chair - Member of Ards & North Down Borough Council

Alderman Robert Gibson, Ards & North Down Borough Council.  Robert is a member of the DUP Party and sits on the councils Audit and Corporate Services Committees.  




To develop member awareness and capacity in relation to community planning and wellbeing and to lobby for strengthened legislation, guidance and support for councils in this regard. The group undertakes collective analysis of Departmental and partners input into the design, delivery and resourcing of new community planning and wellbeing systems and policies within an outcome based framework as well as identifying and sharing best practice. NILGA Support Officer - Fiona Douglas -

  1. Ensure councils are provided with a complete suite of legislation, guidance, good practices and policies to enable them to progress community plans.
  2. To monitor PfG and other central government regional strategies relevant to Community Planning and support councils in alignment of their community plans with policy guidance and advocacy work as appropriate.
  3. Establish a councillors’ community planning network of lead members from councils, for the purpose of sharing information, including good local practice, identification of local barriers, learning from elsewhere (e.g. Inclusive Growth Models, City Deal Models and Single Outcome Agreements).
  4. Develop member capacity building and experiential learning in relation to Community Planning and Wellbeing.
  5. Establish a liaison with the Political Partnership Panel via the NILGA Office Bearers and Executive Committee.
  • Design and provision of necessary regional member development events on relevant issues.
  • Developing regional guidance and learning on the elected member role within community planning, including ‘commissioning’ and other ‘outward facing’ activity.
  • Establishing local government as a key partner in driving community cohesion, using community and economic functions that are properly legislated and resourced for, as a key PfG component.

DAERA, DfC, DfE, DfH, DfI, DoJ and TEO, SOLACE, Community Places, Carnegie UK, NICVA, Sustainable NI, NI Strategic Migration Partnership, APSE, What Works Centre for Wellbeing and Inspiring Impact. 

‘Informed Community Planning: Role of Data and Evidence’ 15/02/19

The aim of the workshop was to build a shared understanding for enhancing knowledge and use of data and evidence to inform community planning. Learning Outcomes: • Improve understanding of data and evidence, whey they are important, where to find information, what support is available and how to use it. • Increase confidence and competence in using evidence to make robust and strong decisions about the future of their council area. • Ensure council is targeting resources in the most impactful way. • Safeguard council’s reputation as a responsible decision-making body.

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