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Getting involved in your community

Community planning is about public and voluntary services working together with communities to improve the lives of local people.

Empowering communities is part of the Scottish Government Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. This helps local communities' voices to be heard in the planning and delivery of those services.

Getting Involved in your Community

Our community planning partners

In North Lanarkshire we have the Community Planning Partnership, which covers the whole area.

We work with our community planning partners to provide strategic direction by agreeing on joint priorities and improving performance, to support better service delivery to local people. 

Community boards

In our communities we support community boards operating at a more local level to make sure local people are listened to on decisions that affect them and ensure their ideas on improving the community are heard.

Strategic Leadership Board

At a North Lanarkshire level, a Strategic Leadership Board is in place. This is to ensure that local communities have a strong voice in planning and delivering local services and to target partner agencies’ resources on a larger scale towards the delivery of the shared ambitions and The Plan for North Lanarkshire.

Membership of the Strategic Leadership Board comprises the chief executive officers and chairs of the key partner agencies.

Partnership working groups and locality groups are also in place to focus on particular issues and joint work within our local communities around locally determined priorities.

The Leadership Board has adopted The Plan for North Lanarkshire as its own strategy and Locality Plan. The community planning partners have also agreed to focus on climate change, mental health and community empowerment, as well as working jointly to support the development of town and community hubs.

Our partners

These include:

  • 9 community boards 
  • Police Scotland
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • New College Lanarkshire
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire
  • Job Centre plus

For more information or to get involved please email 

Page last updated:
13 Oct 2021

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