What are Localities?
The City of Edinburgh Council and the Health and Social Care Partnership are moving to a locality model of working with a phased implementation from the start of April 2016 – July 2016. This is supported by the Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.
There will be four localities in Edinburgh – details of the geography for each of these areas and the current voluntary sector forums that are in them can be found here.
Why the move to Localities?
Locality working is a legal requirement of the Health and Social Care Partnership and City of Edinburgh Council has decided to move to the same model, believing that this change will help the services deliver better outcomes through being less bureaucratic, more agile and innovative in approaches. Their need for cost savings through staff reductions have also reinforced this move. Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service are supportive of the move and are aligning to the model.
There is an overall desired outcome that Edinburgh citizens will receive better co-produced services with the third sector as a key partner.
What does it mean for the Third Sector?
We recently held ThinkSpace events in each locality to update organisations and groups on locality working and to discuss how the third sector can be represented in localities. The papers relevant to each locality can be found under each locality.
Here are the notes gathered from the robust discussions at these events: Report from four Locality Think Space Events
Locality Leadership groups have been established for each locality with monthly meetings planned. As a result of the discussions the following immediate actions have resulted:
- The Third Sector Lead will now be referred to as the Third Sector Representative
- As well as EVOC staff representing the third sector at these meetings there will also be a Chair from one of the voluntary sector forums attending these meetings.
- A session will be held at the next meeting where EVOC can report back from these ThinkSpaces.
- EVOC is applying for support to support better communications across the third sector regarding locality working.
PLEASE NOTE –influencing the locality leadership meetings can be done via the quarterly local Voluntary Sector Forums
To access information on a particular locality please click on the links below