The story so far... the next chapter
Our Vibrant Communities Service has been up and running since April 2013 and its impact on local people and communities in that short period of time has been far-reaching. We have provided a range of keynote presentations and workshops at national conferences and events and the Vibrant Communities approach is being widely recognised as informing the Community Empowerment agenda across Scotland and the UK.
In 2015, we told you about our story so far and what Vibrant Communities means to local people living in East Ayrshire by producing this short video clip and longer film. Now read about the next chapter in our Journey to People Powered Transformation and how we will be keeping people at the heart of everything we do.
About Vibrant Communities
This unique service, which brings together the skills and talents of over 100 employees, has attracted considerable national interest from other local authorities, Health and Social Care Partnerships and major funders. This is due to its innovative and often life-changing approach to service development and delivery, empowering members of our communities, young and old, to live happy, healthy, connected and fulfilling lives.
The main services provided by Vibrant Communities include:
- Funding Advice
- Youth Empowerment
- Health and Wellbeing
- Literacies and Learning
- Play and Parental Bonding
- Sport and Physical Activity
- Community Empowerment
- Befriending and Volunteering
We were recently visited by Mr Cormac Russell from Nurture Development. Cormac travels the world over and is a leader in promoting assets based community development and the importance of community connections. He came to speak to our Head of Housing and Communities, Katie Kelly who has led the establishment and development of Vibrant Communities and believes passionately in putting people at the heart of everything we do.
Watch the short clip of Cormac meeting Katie to find out more about our vision for Vibrant Communities.
Whole council approach
The Vibrant Communities Service is working with all other Council services to ensure a consistent approach. This includes presentations and workshops to employee teams about asset based approaches and positive practice.
Developing our workforce
Workforce development is an integral part of what we do. We are holding regular development sessions for all Vibrant Communities employees, working to strengths, and encouraging a learning culture. We are taking a cohesive approach to identifying and addressing workforce development needs and to changing culture.
Vibrant Communities works with, rather than for, communities. The aim is to change culture and unlock the knowledge, skills and experience of local people and employees, to harness the enthusiasm, talent and 'can do' spirit that exists across East Ayrshire.
A participation request is a formal request by a community group who want to make a difference to something that affects their community. Visit our Community Planning website to find out more and how to apply.