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The PEF national guidance sets out information on how Community Choices can be used as an innovative and effective mechanism to engage with parents and pupils, in particular those who face barriers to participation.

Community Choices was launched for park improvements in the following areas; King George V Playing Fields in Uphall, Bellsquarry Recreation Ground in Bellsquarry, Craigton Park in Winchburgh, Langton Park in East Calder and Letham Park in Pumpherston. Please click here for more information.

Participation phases

Final result publication

24 May 2021

Blackburn Community Choices is a process that enables local communities to decide how public funding is spent. £25,000 has been allocated to the community of Blackburn to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families through Community Choices. This is a pilot project as part of the wider development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in West Lothian.

Participation phases

Redesign of Supported Accommodation Services. Over the course of 2020 and 2021, the redesign of supported accommodation services has been progressed through a Community Choices approach via a Public Social Partnership (PSP) involving Social Policy, Housing, Customer and Building Services and other partners.

There is an opportunity, via Community Choices, to engage with stakeholders to enable members of the community to influence the grounds maintenance service.

Officers will be planning out the timeline and phasing for public art Community Choices over the next month and an update will be posted here setting out the various projects and their individual timelines.

There is currently a process to engage residents for ideas for projects that will improve areas within council housing estates. Following positive engagement and discussions with the Tenants Panel, it has been agreed to incorporate a Community Choices process which is hoped will increase the number of ideas as well as engagement and participation in the process.

A community survey was recently carried out in Craigshill in conjunction with the Scottish Community Development Centre to help identify the priorities and current needs of the community in light of Covid-19. The findings from this consultation will be used to help to inform the scope and aim of the Community Choices process for Craigshill ensuring it is based on the needs of the community.

This will be a West Lothian wide Community Choices process with the aim of promoting equalities in West Lothian.

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