What is Thriving Places?
Thriving Places is about bringing people together to help improve a local area. This means building stronger links between different community groups, services and organisations. Thriving Places aims to:
Empower local people to have a real say in decisions that affect the local area,
Support local community groups, organisations and services to really engage with local people, and
Bring together community groups, services and organisations to improve the quality of people's lives in the local area.
Despite these common principles, Thriving Places looks and feels different across the city because each local area has different types of communities and different needs and circumstances.
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Where are Thriving Places?
There are 10 Thriving Places across Glasgow:
Who is Involved in Thriving Places?
A key part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 is that local people have a right to be involved in local decisions. It also means that councils and other public sector organisations have a duty to improve outcomes in areas disadvantaged by inequalities. Scottish Government calls this Locality Planning. In Glasgow, Thriving Places isLocality Planning. This means that if you live in a Thriving Place you have a right to be involved and local services have a duty to improve the quality of life in the area. Thriving Places should always meet the National Standards for Community Engagement. Further information on the National Standards can be found at the Scottish Centre for Community Development (SCDC) here.
How Does Thriving Places Work?
Each Thriving Place has a 10 year plan which must be informed by local people. These plans are for local communities, organisations, services and businesses. The plans set out what needs to be achieved after year one, year three and year ten and aims to address the needs of local communities. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 calls these Locality Plans.
Glasgow City Council and Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership provide funding for the cost of employing a Community Connector who brings local community groups, services and organisations closer together. They are employed by an organisation that already works within the local area and has good links with local people. The Community Connector is not the only person who does community development work in local areas, there are also community workers in Glasgow Life, Further Education Colleges and many Housing Associations, for example.
A steering group of local people from local community groups, organisations and services comes together as often as necessary to make sure that Thriving Places is on track to meeting the needs of local people as set out in the plans. This group helps the Community Connector to work with the right people at the right time using the right methods.
How Will We know Thriving Places is Working?
Local people should inform local priorities for each Thriving Place, but there are three main goals for the whole programme:
The local areas feel like good places to live, learn, work or volunteer in,
Local people feel connected not just to each other and their local areas, but the surrounding city too, and
Local people have access to the same opportunities as people from other parts of the city.