Col­lab­o­ra­tion with third sec­tor key for the fu­ture in An­gus

Hopes vol­un­tary groups can help de­liver ser­vices

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News - RON SCRIMGEOUR AN­GUS THIRD SEC­TOR COL­LAB­O­RA­TIVE gra­ham­brown gbrown@the­

The change of coun­cil in An­gus has led to hopes of a new era of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the lo­cal author­ity and vol­un­tary sec­tor.

Weeks af­ter the coun­cil elec­tion ush­ered in a new po­lit­i­cal bal­ance and per­son­nel, a lead­ing lo­cal fig­ure said the changes could help dis­pel the no­tion that “third sec­tor means third class”.

Ron Scrimgeour is chair­man of char­ity Deaf Links and vice-chair­man of the An­gus Third Sec­tor Col­lab­o­ra­tive which in­cludes most of the county’s vol­un­tary sec­tor.

The for­mer An­gus coun­cil­lor be­lieves the sec­tor has an in­creas­ingly vi­tal role to play in ser­vice de­liv­ery across the county.

He said: “I would hope that the new al­liance will en­gage more with the third sec­tor in An­gus in its vi­sion to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“The third sec­tor has more em­ploy­ees than An­gus Coun­cil and greater first-hand knowl­edge in de­liv­er­ing spe­cific ser­vices to an enor­mous range of peo­ple.

“The third sec­tor also mo­bilises a mul­ti­tude of vol­un­teers and brings an enor­mous hu­man po­ten­tial to im­prove the qual­ity of life of An­gus res­i­dents. (It) also de­liv­ers valu­able ser­vices at far less cost than coun­cils across Scot­land can achieve.”

Mr Scrimgeour said the author­ity had al­ready shown its con­fi­dence through the cre­ation of the An­gus Alive trust, a reg­is­tered char­ity with re­spon­si­bil­ity for leisure and cul­tural ser­vices across the county.

“I would hope that (coun­cil leader) Coun­cil­lor Bob Myles and his ex­pe­ri­enced al­liance mem­bers will give some orig­i­nal thought to im­prov­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Com­mu­nity Plan­ning Part­ner­ship.

“This valu­able strate­gic group has, sadly, over the past sev­eral years not har­nessed the full com­mu­nity po­ten­tial.

“It is also not con­sid­ered to be a gen­uine part­ner­ship, with lim­ited in­volve­ment of com­mu­nity groups.

“There is still a per­cep­tion that the ‘third sec­tor’ is the same as ‘third class’.

“The wel­come ad­di­tion of An­gus Alive will be help­ful in chang­ing the think­ing of coun­cil lead­ers and coun­cil of­fi­cers to the im­por­tance of this hugely suc­cess­ful form of ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

The third sec­tor mo­bilises a mul­ti­tude of vol­un­teers and brings an enor­mous hu­man po­ten­tial to im­provethe qual­ity of life of An­gus res­i­dents.

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