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Buckie improvement plan to be launched with a cuppa!

By Alan Beresford

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A NEW plan to help improve the lives of people living in an area of Buckie is to be launched at a drop-in event on Wednesday.

Buckie central east area is the focus of the new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.
Buckie central east area is the focus of the new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.

There will be a chance for residents of the town's east central area to drop by the North Church hall between 2pm and 4pm for a cuppa, a fancy piece and blether about the latest version of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP), which is being run by the Moray Community Planning Partnership. (MCPP).

Moray Council community support officer Tracey Rae said: "This plan brings together the key partnership actions which will help us to address the community’s priorities and enable us to build a better future for our children and young people.

"Priorities and actions within the plan have been drawn and developed from recent community engagements undertaken in the Buckie central east area and by working, in conjunction with the local community, with the local statutory and voluntary sector agencies. The actions will be delivered through us all working together, by pooling resources and sharing knowledge.

"It's very much a community-led project for the benefot of the people here.

"We hope that people will find the plan interesting and that it informs them of what we are doing to improve the outcomes for people in this area."

Overseeing the Buckie LOIP are a community monitoring committee comprising of Morag Stewart, Ann Mitchell, Christine Allan, Gordon McDonald, Susan Chalmers and Leah Rossvoll.

The event, which also features a free raffle, is being supported by Buckie Area Forum and Buckie and District Community Council.

As part of developing its LOIP across the region, MCPP identified seven communities most likely to benefit from support to raise educational attainment, improve opportunities for employment in better paid jobs and to reduce childhood poverty.

Of these seven, Buckie central east was chosen as a pilot area for locality based work. With a focus ofBuilding a better future for our children and young people in Moray,a working group of local community representatives and practitioners carried outa series of engagements in Buckie in autumn 2018to help build a picture of people’s experiences, to gather views and commentsand to identify opportunities for increasing attainment, increasing employability and having a greater voice in community affairs.

Priorities identified by the community in this plan will assist the MCPP in re-aligning their own priorities and resources, for maximum impact in reducing inequalities.

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