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									Buckie Area Forum

Good practice extract from HMIE report


Good Practice

Buckie Area Forum is a community led group consisting of local residents and
community groups under the auspices of Community Planning in Moray. Their aim is to
work in partnership with local elected members, agencies and organisations to ensure
local people have a role in the delivery and development of services in the Buckie area
in terms of community involvement, engagement, consultation and strategic planning.



Further information provided by the agency

Name of activity/project/programme: Buckie Area Forum

 What aspect(s) of CLD work is it concerned with?

 Youth work

 Adult learning in the community (including literacies)

 Building community capacity                              √


Does the work have a specific focus? If yes, please indicate below (you may tick more
than one box):

Arts and culture               Sport                      Health


Employability                  Citizenship                Community engagement          √


Community safety               Promoting equality

Other
(please specify)




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DETAILS:

What impact did the work have on participants and the community?
(See How Good is Our Community Learning and Development?2 (HGIOCLD?2) 2.1, 4.1 and
4.2)

   Community members have established very good working relationships with their
    local elected members and professionals in the Police, Education and Community
    Learning Development Service.

   The strength of the Buckie Area Forum has been well documented through the local
    press, direct approaches to community groups and individuals and generally through
    word of mouth. This has encouraged more people to get involved with local issues
    e.g. Post Office closures, changes in the Health Service, anti-social behaviour, town
    regeneration and allotment provision.

The experiences learnt at the local level has made the Buckie Area Forum a formidable
campaigning group and is a leading light working with the other Area Forums in Moray to
improve how Community Planning operates and involves, engages and consults with the
community of Moray.

What measures of progress (if any) did it contribute to?
(See HGIOCLD?2 1.1)


Community members believe they can influence decisions which would have historically
not been in their control example:
   Consultation and successful campaign to overturn Local Area Committee proposals
    that had been thrust on to local communities without reference to National Standards
    for Community Engagement.

   See It, Report It Leaflet – recognised as good practice locally and been used by other
    Area Forums in Moray to raise awareness of highlighting anti social behaviour
    responses by community members.

   Post Offices closures campaign – helped highlight the work of the Buckie Area
    Forum.

   Campaign against the proposed closure of St Peter’s Primary School – decision was
    overturned.

   Directing the allocation of the Anti-social Behaviour Fund to local priorities – a
    reduction in anti-social behaviour has been reported.

   Transport Action Plan - feeding into the Community Planning Moray Action Plan.




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Why the work was carried out?
(main purposes, what needs or aspirations were being addressed? How did the work seek to
address wider strategic goals?)

The Buckie Area Forum work at a local level on issues that matter to the local
community under Community Planning which aims to:

   Make sure people and communities are engaged in decisions, which affect them,
    linked to,

   Helping organisations to work together effectively in order to provide better services.

They achieve this by building up good working relationships with their local elected
members and professionals in the Police, Education and Community Learning
Development Service and others. Along with this, they continually promote the work of
the Area Forum and Community Planning in general to the local community through
local press, direct contact with community groups and individuals and word of mouth.
They openly discuss the needs and aspirations of the community by questionnaires and
direct contact. This community-led approach, supported by an Area Forum Support
Worker from the Community Learning and Development Service, means the Buckie
Area Forum is successful in engaging and assisting the local community to address the
issues that are important to them.

Community issues raised inform the appropriate strategic theme group action plans i.e.
Smarter, Greener, Healthier, Safer and Stronger and Wealthier and Fairer.

How the participants got involved?
(How did you make contact with and involve them?)


When the Buckie Area Forum was first established two years ago, public open meetings
were called. Invitations were also sent to community groups to attend these meetings.
From these initial meetings community members signed up to the Area Forum. Further
members have joined the Area Forum as a result of good press coverage, direct contact
with community groups and individuals, publishing the work of the Area Forum and how
they influence decisions made for the Buckie area. There is also a good support
mechanism for people who would not normally be involved with local community issues
through the Area Forum Support and the Community Learning and Development
Workers.

How the work was planned?
(Who was involved? Did you use any specific planning tools or processes? What impact or
outcomes did you set out to achieve?)

In 2005 the Community Learning and Development Service supported local community
members who had recently completed a supported ICT Literacy course to undertake a
community consultation exercise via questionnaires and interviews to establish the
needs and aspirations of the local Buckie community and outlining areas. The results of
this exercise then set the priorities for the Buckie Area Forum, which helped them to


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focus on specific areas of work that required to be addressed by local agencies and
partners.

The planning tools used included LEAP and creating SMART action plans, which
allowed the Area Forum to measure their effectiveness. To date the greatest impact and
outcomes the Buckie Area Forum have achieved is making Community Planning
Partners, including the Moray Council, start to understand the importance of community
engagement and how to do this more effectively.


What activities did participants engage in?


Members of the Buckie Area Forum have engaged in a number of initiatives,
consultations and campaigns including:

   Consultation and campaign on Local Area Committee proposals.

   See It, Report It Leaflet.

   Post Offices closures campaign.

   Campaign against the proposed closure of St Peter’s Primary School.

   Directing the allocation of the Anti-social Behaviour Fund to local priorities.

   Transport Action Plan.

They have also effectively engaged with local elected members and professionals on an
equal basis.


How were participants’ achievements recognised and celebrated?


To date Buckie Area Forum members’ achievements have been recognised in public
meetings as well as substantial press coverage on campaigning issues. Individual and
group membership is steadily increasing.

What lessons were learned by provider(s)?
(What went really well? Any unexpected problems/issues? Any unexpected but positive
impacts/outcomes?)

Community Planning Partners, including the Moray Council are starting to have a better
understanding of the importance of community engagement and how to do this more
effectively.




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How was the work funded?
(Which funding sources supported the work? Is the work sustainable?)


The Buckie Area Forum receives a small annual administration grant from the Moray
Council and support from an Area Forum Support Worker, funded by the Moray Council
and managed by the Community Learning & Development Adult Team Leader. Both of
these support mechanisms are necessary to ensure the work is sustainable.

Could the work be replicated elsewhere?
(where there any unique local factors that led to its success? What issues would face others in
trying to replicate this type of work?)

This work could be replicated elsewhere if there is a willingness of Community Planning
Partners to fully engage and work in partnership with the local community.


                                         Michelle Gillibrand, Forum Support
 Name of lead agency Key Contact:
                                         Worker
                                         New Elgin Primary
                                         School Annexe
                            Address:
                                         Bezack Street
                                         Elgin
                           Postcode:     IV30 6DP
                      e-mail address:    Michelle.gillibrand@moray.gov.uk

Partner agencies
Contact Name:        Barry Taylor
                     Chairperson
Name of Agency:      Buckie Area Forum
Address:             22 Barfield Road
                     Buckpool
                     Buckie
Postcode:            AB56 1EL
e-mail address:      Baz22@virgin.net




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