Belfast Agenda - Belfast’s first community plan
Following an extensive period of engagement and consultation, we are pleased to publish our city’s first community plan – the Belfast Agenda.
Community planning is a responsibility we took on in 2015 as a result of local government reform. It’s about making sure that public services work together with communities to deliver real improvements for local people.
Over the past two years, we have been asking residents and organisations in Belfast to tell us what kind of city they want for the future and what are the things we should be focusing on now to make this happen. People told us that they want a city that provides a high quality of life for everyone who lives here and for the city to be a great place to work, study, visit or set up and grow your business.
The Belfast Agenda was created by a partnership of key city partners, residents and community organisations. The plan sets out our joint vision and long-term ambitions for Belfast’s future, as well as outlining our priorities for action over the next four years.
Community Planning: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sectors
Belfast has a vibrant and active voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, playing a valuable role in the social, economic and environmental fabric of city life.
The Community Planning Partnership is currently working to strengthen participation and representation of groups and organisations from these sectors in the community planning process.
Over recent months, we have been engaging with groups and organisations working in these sectors to help shape our approach. We are now keen to make further progress. Key elements of the model being proposed include:
- Establishing a Sectoral Advisory Panel to facilitate participation and articulation of sectoral views in community planning partnership governance structures
- Establishing a VCSE sectors network for Belfast to improve communication and engagement across the sector
- Strengthening VCSE sectors participation in action planning activity to ensure key VCSE stakeholders can contribute to action planning and delivery through working groups and other activities convened by the Partnership
Building on what people have told us to date, we are now seeking feedback to help shape proposals for the Sectoral Advisory Panel, to inform what its purpose might be, and how it could operate.
For more information, and to provide your feedback, complete our online questionnaire by 31 August 2019.
Over the coming months we will be working to develop these proposals further. Look out for further information including details of events, on our website and social media channels.
We have produced an accompanying technical report, which provides you with further information relating to the ambitions, stretch goals and population indicators. Together these measures give us a sense of whether our city is heading in the right direction.
The technical report will also be used to facilitate ongoing monitoring, ensuring that each indicator is now measurable in a very open and transparent way.
Consultation feedback summary report
Approximately 200 organisations and 2,000 individuals have contributed to the development of the Belfast Agenda through a series of consultation and engagement events.
As the convening authority for Belfast, we are immediately turning our eyes to delivery and working with a number of key partners that are integral to delivering the Belfast Agenda.
If you would like a more information about the Belfast Agenda or community planning please contact:
The Community Planning Team
Belfast City Hall, Room 212
Call 028 9032 0202 ext 3320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org