Community Planning


Highland Community Partnerships were formed at the end of 2016 as a further development of the CPP within Highland.  This development was a direct response to the enhanced roles and responsibilities articulated in the Community Empowerment Act (2015) for Community Planning.  As a result of these changes the new Community Partnerships are now a key part to increasing how we work together and more collaboratively with communities.  Each Partnership in Highland is in a developmental phase.

Highland Community Partnership

The Highland Community Planning Partnership brings together public agencies, third sector organisations and other key community groups to work collaboratively with the people of Highland to deliver better outcome.  The Highland Outcome Improvement Plan (HOIP) is available here:

The Highland Community Planning Partnership works through a series of geographical local Community Partnerships and regional thematic groups.  Ultimately these deliver the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP).  The LOIP, will be a document which outlines the Highland CPP aspirations for Highland and the specific actions they are implementing to deliver them.   The LOIP is both informed and informs local action plans through the Community Partnerships

Lochaber Community Partnership

The Lochaber Community Partnership is one of ten local partnerships which have been established geographically across Highland to ensure that community planning can be delivered successfully at a local level.

We promise to actively listen to the community, to identify the local challenges as expressed by them and commit to taking action that will reduce disadvantage and inequality.   We will use our combined resources creatively to produce solutions that are meaningful and valued by the community we serve.

The Lochaber Community Partnership is made up of 5 core agencies. These agencies are:-

  • The Highland Council,
  • Police Scotland,
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service,
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  •  NHS Highland.

Highlife Highland and the Highland Third Sector Interface represented by Voluntary Action Lochaber also play an important role in the partnership to achieve the following:

  1. Equality, meeting diverse needs of people and communities
  2. Resilient places and communities
  3. Supporting wellbeing and health.

Lochaber Community Partnership is set up to provide a forum within the local area where partner agencies and the community can come together to plan and take forward the needs of the local community.

Lochaber Partnership have been tasked with developing Locality Plans for 3 areas.  The 3 areas are;

  • Kinlochleven
  • Caol
  • Fort William (upper) including Claggan

These areas have been identified as areas highest on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation within Lochaber.

In addition, the development of Children’s Plans (Highland Council) and Adults Plans (NHS) is also a requirement.

The Adult Plan is available to view here

The Partnership meets as a group regularly but also has events within the local community to ensure that the voice of local people is being heard.  We will take forward what people have told us about their area and the needs of their community and set them out in a plan.  This will clearly state what we as a Partnership will be doing.  The plans will change over time as certain actions are completed and you as the community tell us about other areas of importance.


Archived information

Lochaber Community Development Plan 2016.17 can be viewed here.


Invitation – Fort William Community Action Group members

For the Lochaber Community Partnership to deliver meaningful change it requires the support of the many staff and individuals that work in our communities to understand the prioritised needs and what each partner can contribute to meeting those needs.

Within our community there are many people that contribute to the wellbeing of the community i.e. health, social and education practitioners, learners, volunteers and community groups.

We are therefore arranging a get together of as many of the contributing partners as possible to start a discussion about how we can better plan, deliver and evaluate the provision that supports learning and development in our communities.

These gatherings will be delivered 3 times a year and will become important networks that will enable all those involved and interested in reducing inequalities to share what’s going on in our Lochaber communities, help identify need and set shared priorities.

The gatherings will enable the people involved in the 3 Lochaber locality planning groups established in areas experiencing greater inequality to come together (known as Community Action Groups in Lochaber). These 3 locality planning areas are Caol, Kinlochleven and Upper Fort William including the town area.

The gatherings are also an opportunity to help identify and develop new connections and build useful relationships beyond the current membership of these groups from across the Lochaber Partnership area as a whole.

We would therefore like to invite you to come along to the first gathering to be held on:

Tuesday 14th May 2019
10:00am – 12:30pm
at Charles Kennedy Building, Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RQ.

Please RSVP to: Jane Ivetic, Adult Learning Co-ordinator, Highlife Highland –

What is the purpose of this network?
 To coordinate and streamline quality engagement activity.
 Create a shared understanding of needs in the localities.
 To ensure we support vulnerable people and less connected communities to participate.
 Ensure communities learn together and are involved in shaping the Community Partnership plans and co-designing services.

What is the focus?

For the network to develop a shared understanding of the community in which we live (community view) and work in (practitioner view) and to identify a number of shared priorities for us to work together on whose outcomes are to reduce inequalities and improve life chances in the identified community planning localities. To achieve this, the network will look at:
 Establishing who is doing what by identifying, mapping and analysing current provision,
 Gathering, analysing and using data to identify joint priorities,
 Sharing information and best practice to improve provision,
 Sharing skills, knowledge and experience to improve practice,
 Developing and delivering shared actions.

Q: Who should turn up?
A: The network is open to all who have an interest in activity that focuses on reducing inequalities in the Community Partnership area; this could be learners, communities and providers of learning opportunities. The network is open to public, private and third sector organisations, and includes both paid staff and volunteers. Invitations could go to; Youth Workers; Adult Learning staff; Head Teacher(s); HTSI local partner org; community voluntary organisations; community councils; elected members; youth forum members; Adult Learners; communities of interest / issue based community groups; Community Police Officers; Health Visitors; Children’s Service Workers; further education staff; uniformed groups; men’s sheds, museums; library staff; leisure centre staff; Active School Coordinators etc.

Q: How often should the network meet?
A: 2-4 times per year is recommended.

Q: What should be covered at the first meeting?
A: The purpose and focus of the network should be covered and space should be created for people to get to know each other and their area of specialist work.

Q: Are there any set agenda items?
A: The agenda should be flexible and focused on solution focussed pieces of work that use a shared understanding of local needs and the priorities.

Q. What area should the network cover?
A. As many practioners cover a wide geographical area and many of the localities will share some key issues, we recommend starting with one network to look at the Community Partnership area as a whole