|Early Years and Supporting Families||ed11||There is a need for early years and supporting families’ provision. The role of parents and carers remain central to their child’s learning journey and must be valued in all aspects. Outcomes for children improve if families are involved. The Children and Young People Scotland (2014) Act outlines the importance of services to work in partnership with families and offer support that is flexible and timely. The Early Years Collaborative (EYC) drives forward and supports multi-agency, partnership working within Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC), families and the wider community.||07/07/2015|
|Improving employability||edc3||Improving employability is an identified need within East Dunbartonshire as although unemployment is below the national average, the unemployment rate in in some areas remains a key concern. Specific areas within the authority suffer from high unemployment e.g. the Hillhead area of Kirkintilloch has an unemployment rate double the Scottish average (SIMD 2012). There is a need to ensure employability support is targeted and effective to enable local residents to compete in the job market. Youth unemployment is considerably higher than the adult rate and evidence exists that many young are unemployed but are not accounted for in the official statistics. Economic activity is a wider issue with over 3000 people claiming ESA related benefits across the whole of East Dunbartonshire.||21/05/2015|
|Reducing Health Inequalities||edc-10||People living in East Dunbartonshire are relatively healthy and can expect live longer compared to other communities across Scotland. Female life expectancy at birth (82.7 years) is greater than male life expectancy (79.4 years), and both are greater than the Scottish average. More people are physically active, fewer smoke and fewer people experience ill health relating to excess alcohol consumption. Mental health indicators are significantly better than the Scottish average. There is a need for CLD around health and wellbeing however as some of our communities are amongst the 15% most deprived in Scotland when it comes to health inequalities. Specifically, there is an 11.6 years variance in life expectancy between our most and least deprived communities. A range of measures are set out in the East Dunbartonshire Joint Health Improvement Plan alongside some additional actions here (and in the ‘Place’ plan).||20/05/2015|
|Skills for Learning , Life and Work||edc-2||Skills for learning, life and work for young people and adults are a continuing needs across East Dunbartonshire. Key areas identified include: health and well being,core skills including ICT, literacy, numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), young people and adults with additional support needs, elderly learners, young people at risk of not sustaining a positive destination after leaving school, vulnerable young people including carers, Looked After and Accommodated Children (LAAC) and young people and adults living in areas of highest deprivation.||20/05/2015|
|Place approach to joint resourcing||edc1||The East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership’s Single Outcome Agreement sets out a commitment to reducing inequality across the authority by using targeted approaches to joint resourcing to produce improved partnership working.
The ‘Place’ approach to joint resourcing has achieved positive outcomes for East Dunbartonshire communities; however there is some progress needed to consider it fully embedded throughout the Community Planning Partnership. There is therefore a need to integrate these approaches into planning at all levels to ensure a consistent approach which will reduce inequality and put communities at the heart of the process.||13/03/2015|
|Financial Inclusion||edc8||The current economic climate means that there are more people requiring financial inclusion advice and support. The East Dunbartonshire Financial Inclusion Strategy outlines evidence of need and the coordinated supports already in place and the Council’s Strategic Partner Agreement with the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau is an important mechanism for delivery of a number of actions to meet local needs.
Specific CLD needs for this plan relate to financial awareness and literacy alongside digital skills e.g. to access welfare supports which are moving to an online format. In East Dunbartonshire, personal use of the internet in a public library setting is 10% higher than the national average and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust provide facilities and provide learning opportunities for vulnerable groups including older people, those with additional support needs or health difficulties and those on low incomes.||13/03/2015|
|Community Capacity Building||edc7||Community capacity building is an identified need across East Dunbartonshire; empowering communities and individuals to take forward the changes they wish to see locally. The East Dunbartonshire Community Grants Scheme (CGS) and community development support are important mechanisms to support volunteers alongside support delivered through the Council’s Strategic Partner Agreement funding of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action (EDVA). The Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) of the CGS meets regularly to advise the Council on the funding to grant scheme applicants, encapsulating the principles of participatory budgeting. The Council also provides Strategic Partner funding to Twechar Health Living and Enterprise Centre which is part of the network of Development Trusts across Scotland.||13/03/2015|
|CLD Partnership||edc2||There is a need to ensure the CLD Partnership supports more integrated, efficient and effective CLD delivery that is targeted towards early intervention and prevention.||05/03/2015|