The Rainbow Project together with the Equality Commission NI, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Community Places will be hosting a Community Planning Conference on Friday 27th April from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, Craigavon.
This conference will explore
- what Community Planning is
- what central government envisage for Community Planning
- how local Councils and local communities can ensure that marginalised communities are included in the process.
The keynote speaker at the conference will be the Environment Minister Alex Attwood MLA.
There is no charge for this conference, however places are limited to three per organisation and overall numbers are limited also. You are encouraged to book early.
If you have any other queries or to register, please contact Christine Stoll at the Equality Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02890 500692.
As part of the Local Government Reforms, the number of councils will be reduced from 26 to 11 and the new councils will be given additional powers including Community Planning. Local Councils will have a duty to facilitate the Community Planning process through working in partnership with statutory agencies and community and voluntary organisations to address the needs of local communities.
Those Community Planning processes which have been most effective have placed a greater emphasis on quality engagement, ensuring that all members of the community have an opportunity to have their voice heard.
It is essential that Councils and communities begin equipping themselves to engage with the process to ensure positive results in terms of plans, and to fulfil Section 75 obligations.