New Local Outcomes Improvement Plan approved for Dumfries and Galloway

The Dumfries and Galloway Community Planning Partnership has approved a new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan for Dumfries and Galloway.

The refreshed vision and new supporting outcomes aims to unite partners and communities in helping to help tackle inequalities and build a thriving economy over the next 10 years.

The new vision is: “To work in partnership to ensure a confident, ambitious, healthy and fairer Dumfries and Galloway for everyone who lives and works here.”

Some of the key focuses will be continuing to mitigate the negative impacts on the most vulnerable linked to the Cost of Living; supporting positive mental health and wellbeing; addressing skills and recruitment gaps and maximising employability.

Partners have also committed to concentrating joint resources around “place” which will include tackling issues around local health inequalities; child poverty; digital exclusion; community transport; and climate.

The plan, which is required through the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, is available to view through the Community Planning website and is accompanied by five new localised data profiles which have been produced in conjunction with Public Health Scotland.

The Co-Chairs of the Community Planning Partnership, Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Gail MacGregor and Chair of the NHS Board, Nick Morris, said: “We are delighted that Community Planning Partners have endorsed our new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan, which sets out our priorities and ambitions over the next ten years.

“This will bring our collective partnership working closer together than ever before, making best use of our combined resources and tackling some of the key issues facing our communities to help make a real difference.”

Picture: Alan Webb, Chief Executive Officer of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, second left, joins other community partners at the launch of the plan.