Local Partnerships provide the community with the opportunity to have their say on local issues and make a difference to their local area.
Replacing the previous Local Area Committees (LACs), the partnerships adopt a more informal and inclusive approach as part of a drive to ensure community voices are heard on local issues.
Full details of how the partnerships will work and how you can get involved can be found below:
- Local Partnerships – Terms of Reference PDF
- Local Partnerships – Standing Orders PDF
- Local Partnership membership form Word Doc
Here’s the main points.
What are the aims?
- Making connections and networks between community groups and the wider community
- Identifying, setting and sharing local community priorities
- Listening to, consulting and representing local communities
- Distributing grants to support local priorities
Which one do I fit in to?
The partnerships mirror the Community Council boundaries meaning there are seven and comprise of the following communities:
- Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton and Langbank
- Houston, Bridge of Weir, Brookfield, Kilbarchan, Lochwinncoch and Elderslie
- Johnstone and Linwood
- Paisley North, Gallowhill, Ferguslie, Paisley West and Central
- Paisley East, Ralston, Hawkhead, Lochfield, Hunterhill and Charleston
- Foxbar, Brediland and Glenburn
Who can join?
Membership is split evenly between all local elected members for the area and community representatives.
Community representatives will include the elected chairs of the relevent Community Councils, with the remaining places filled by representatives of community organisations in the area and these are decided by the Local Partnership members.
All meetings are open to the public to attend even if they are not a member of the partnership.
What will the meetings be like?
The meetings will be as informal as possible to allow positive discussions to take place.
A welcoming environment for all will be created to ensure that all the partners involved can work together.
There will be at least three meetings per year for each partnership.
Standing orders have been developed and these are attached to the page.
What happens with grant funding?
Funding is allocated on a population basis to ensure it is spread correctly across Renfrewshire’s communities.
Local priorities are set for each partnership and the allocation of grant funding should align to these priorities.
The partnerships allocate general grant funding as well as the Common Good Fund for Renfrew and Paisley.
Applications for the Youth Challenge Fund will be decided upon by young people, with the partnership assisting in identifying and shortlisting appropriate options.