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Locality planning in East Ayrshire, where health and social care planning and community empowerment come together.

Locality planning has two main functions: 

  • to tackle inequalities
  • to enable communities to participate in decision making at a neighbourhood level to plan and deliver better services to improve local health and wellbeing

Locality planning groups

The vision of our East Ayrshire locality planning groups is that:

Our network of strong locality partnerships are key participants in designing and delivering initiatives that achieve improvements in the health and wellbeing of our residents and that lessen the negative impact of inequalities on our communities.

Our locality planning groups are based on the three East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership boundaries:

  • Northern locality planning groups: Annick and Irvine Valley
  • Kilmarnock locality planning groups: including Crosshouse and Hurlford
  • Southern locality planning groups: Ballochmyle, Cumnock and New Cumnock, and Doon Valley

The groups meet on a quarterly basis to co-ordinate improvement activities based on the wellbeing priorities of local communities. Each group develops and publishes a locality plan that sets out the priorities, needs and assets of the communities within the locality and the actions to be taken forward.

The Locality action plans are live documents under continuous review.

Locality profiles

Public Health Scotland has produced infographic locality profiles for each of the three locality areas in East Ayrshire.  The profiles pull together existing information and data on a range of indicators for local populations, highlighting issues that can affect health in each locality.
The profiles include information on demographics, hospital and community care, deprivation levels, housing, economy and benefits and the health of children and young people:

Locality maps

Northern locality map and settlements

Northern locality map (PDF 284 KB)

Annick settlements:

  • Stewarton
  • Kilmaurs
  • Dunlop
  • Fenwick
  • Waterside
  • Moscow
  • Kingswell
  • Kingsford
  • Fullwood
  • Halket
  • Lugton

Irvine Valley settlements:

  • Galston
  • Newmilns
  • Darvel
  • Greenholm
  • Priestland
  • Sornhill
  • Milrig

Southern locality map and settlements

Southern locality map (PDF 282 KB)


  • Logan
  • Lugar
  • Auchinleck
  • Cronberry
  • Mauchline
  • New Cumnock
  • Sorn
  • Dalmellington
  • Drongan
  • Rankinston
  • Stair
  • Patna
  • Netherthird
  • Craigens
  • Skerrington
  • Muirkirk
  • Cumnock
  • Ochiltree
  • Skares
  • Catrine

Kilmarnock locality map and settlements

Kilmarnock locality map (PDF 297 KB)


  • Earlston and Hurlford Rural
  • Altonhill North
  • Onthank
  • Altonhill South
  • Longpark
  • Hillhead
  • Bellfield
  • Kirkstyle
  • Bonnyton
  • Crosshouse
  • Gatehead Rural
  • Dean
  • New Farm Loch North
  • Grange, Howard
  • Gargieston
  • Kilmarnock South Central
  • Caprington
  • New Farm Loch South
  • Piersland
  • Shortlees
  • Southcraig and Beansburn

These maps are reproduced from Ordnance Survey material with permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office (c) Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. East Ayrshire Council. AC0000849464

Locality based priorities

The current priorities for locality planning in East Ayrshire include establishing greater levels of community participation and engagement, improving transportation and connectivity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, supporting initiatives to tackle poverty, especially child poverty, improving safety in the home and working with a range of partners to ensure that addictions related stigma is no longer a barrier for individuals seeking the support and treatment they need.

Each of the locality planning groups are currently addressing and realising these priorities and progress is reported to East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s strategic planning group on a quarterly basis.


In East Ayrshire, we know that planning and working together in localities will help our communities improve. At a strategic level, working in localities means having a co-ordinated approach to how different agencies work together on a geographical basis.

Our locality planning groups are involved in a wide range of initiatives and the involvement of community based partners, groups and individuals broadens the knowledge base within the groups and provides them with the ability to achieve positive benefits for our localities

Membership of the locality planning groups is multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral and includes a range of professions, community groups and individuals from:

  • health
  • housing
  • education
  • community justice
  • social work
  • the third and voluntary sector
  • the independent care sector
  • people who use services and local residents

Local participation and engagement 

People having a say about their priorities for improving their health and wellbeing and their community is at the heart of everything we do. Engaging with local groups and networks is a continuous part of working together in localities.

If you would like to be more involved, or would like more information, please email us using the address at the bottom of the page. You can also phone us on 01563 576000, asking for the Health and Social Care Partnership admin team.

Participatory budgeting

Lots of local groups and projects have already successfully secured funding through a process called participatory budgeting, organised by the locality planning groups.

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Contact Information


East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street