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Our Vision


Our vision for the Outer Hebrides is a prosperous, well-educated and healthy community enjoying a good quality of life and fully realising the benefits of our natural environment and cultural traditions.

Within this site you can find information about Community Planning in the Outer Hebrides and our Single Outcome Agreement, together with minutes, and other useful links.

You can also follow the Partnership on Twitter @OHCPP 

Please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you require further information.


Active Hebrides Strategy 2019 - 2030 Public Consultation

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership (OHCPP) is pleased to present their Physical Activity Strategy for public consultation.

Produced by a multi-agency group comprising of NHS Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Scottish Natural Heritage, Community Land Scotland, sportscotland, and Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association, the document provides a framework for physical activity and sport in the Outer Hebrides.

Colin Gilmour, Head of Health Improvement, Western Isles NHS said: “We want to hear our communities’ views on this strategy.

“One of the overarching aims of this work is to reduce inequalities. Reducing inequalities means supporting people who are least able to be physically active such as older people, people with physical or learning disabilities, to find an activity that suits them.

“We intend to promote inclusive and participative sport and physical activity that everyone can join in with.”

Physical activity is about getting people moving. Daily walking, playing in a park, going to a gym, training with a team or aspiring to win a gold medal – it really doesn’t matter how people get active, it just matters that they do.  Being physically active contributes to our personal, community and national wellbeing.  

Norman A Macdonald, Chair of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership, stated: “The Outer Hebrides represents a natural outdoor  playground which contributes to the quality of life and  brings benefits to the physical, mental and social health and wellbeing of the people of the Outer Hebrides. This strategy aims to enhance our ability to make the Outer Hebrides a more active place to live in.”

The Physical Activity Strategy can be viewed online on the NHS Western Isles Health Promotion website at: https://bit.ly/2COA4m6 - and feedback can be provided following the survey link on the website by the 14th December 2018.

Hard copies of the Strategy document are also available, please contact Norma Macleod, NHSWI on 01851 762013 to arrange.


Local Outcomes Improvement Plan


Community Planning is how public agencies work together with the Community to plan and deliver better services which make a difference to people’s lives. In 2015 the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 placed a duty on Community Planning Partners to demonstrate that they are making a significant impact on the achievement of outcomes as a result of partnership working. In doing so Community Planning Partnerships must prepare and publish a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) which sets out the priority local outcomes it proposes to improve by October 2017.


Our finalised draft plan can be accessed here. This signals our joint commitment to making change happen and will be submitted for approval as appropriate to Community Planning Partners prior to final endorsement by the OHCPP on 22 November 2017. You are invited to make any final comments and suggestions by 31 October 2017 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and such comments or suggestions will be considered by the OHCPP in November when it approves the finalised LOIP.


This plan reflects our vision and priorities over the next 10-20 years


Our vision is to promote and realise the full potential of the Outer Hebrides as a prosperous well educated and healthy community enjoying a good quality of life and fully realising the benefits of our natural environment and cultural values

Our priorities are:

1       The Outer Hebrides retains and attracts people to ensure a sustainable population

2       The Outer Hebrides has sustainable Economic Growth and all our people have access to appropriate employment opportunities

3       The Outer Hebrides offers attractive opportunities that improve the quality of live, wellbeing and health for all our people


The vision and strategic priorities were agreed by the OHCPP in May 2017 and provide a clear focus for the OHCPP.  These reflect the areas where the partnership is striving to make maximum impact and drive improved outcomes in the face of the key challenges it has identified for the next 10 years. This LOIP focuses on how Community Planning Partners will bring added value by working together; it does not replace the plans and strategies of individual partners. Partners are already working to address the demographic challenges our community faces and the LOIP reflects our collective commitment to working together in partnership with our communities to create transformational change and achieve a sustainable population.


In the spirit of Continuous Improvement this LOIP will be endorsed by OHCPP as a living document and will continue to evolve as our approach to improvement develops and matures; and as we strengthen our arrangements for working jointly with communities. The Plan will be reviewed at least annually.


Locality Plans

The LOIP is for the whole of the Outer Hebrides but we have also initially identified two areas where additional focussed effort is required.  The OHCPP used Community Profile information (which can be accessed here) to identify two areas within the Outer Hebrides which are experiencing poorer outcomes and less improvement than other areas within the Outer Hebrides and within Scotland.


When we look at seven key characteristics which can be compared across Scotland and apply them to the Outer Hebrides, Benbecula and North Uist is identified as the second most vulnerable area within the Outer Hebrides.  It is performing more poorly than expected when compared to other areas in Scotland with a similar demographic profile.  When we look at improvement over time it has improved the least internally across the Outer Hebrides and also when compared to other Scottish areas. We analysed the Place Standard Tool responses from this area and held community meetings facilitated by Third Sector colleagues.  This enabled us to identify the priority areas for North Uist and Benbecula. We have produced a finalised draft Locality Plan for Benbecula and North Uist which can be accessed here.  You are invited to make any final comments and suggestions by 31 October 2017 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Any comments or suggestions will be considered by the OHCPP in November.


Stornoway West is the most vulnerable area in the Outer Hebrides when measured against the seven key characteristics mentioned above. The OHCPP agreed on 31 May 2017 to produce a Locality Plan for Stornoway West.  Analysis of Place Standard Tool responses and a community meeting identified a number of priorities in Stornoway West. However, we are aware that Stornoway East shares many of these challenges and the data tells us that it is improving at a slightly slower rate.  The OHCPP agreed on 31 August 2017 to look again at the extent of the area within Stornoway which should be covered by a Locality Plan.  We will discuss this with the communities concerned and report back to the CPP.


Local Outcome Improvement Plan and Localicy Plan feedback

OHCPP would like to thank everyone who contributed with comments with regard to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) draft and Locality Planning (LP) for North Uist and Benbecula. All comments were circulated to priority groups for action and where appropriate the draft was amended accordingly. The proposed changes, arising from comments submitted by the general public, were agreed at the OHCPP Board meeting held on 22 November in Barra. Several comments highlighted the need to place a greater focus on Gaelic and its economic potential to make the islands more popular place to live, work and play. The OHCPP Board has agreed to adopt a Gaelic Policy  and a draft will be submitted to its next meeting in March 2018. The Gaelic content of the LOIP was also strengthened. 

The LOIP is a dynamic document and will be reviewed after a year. An updated version of the documents, in both English and Gaelic format, will be published on our website shortly. Some people also commented on the lack of SMART targets in the LOIP.  Priority Groups will produce an Action Plan with such targets in relation to each primary driver and these will be published on the website together with details of how performance will be monitored.


Tha CDCIG airson taing a thoirt do gach neach a chur thugainn beachdan air an Plana Leasachadh Builean Ionadail (PLBI) agus Dealbhadh Ionadail (DI) airson Uibhist a Tuath agus Beinn na Faoghla.  Chaidh na beachdan uile an cuairteachadh gu na prìomh bhuidhnean airson an cur an gnìomh agus far a bheil seo iomchaidh chaidh an dreachd atharrachadh da rèir. Chaidh aontachadh ri na h-atharrachaidhean tairgste, a thàinig bho bheachdan a fhuaireadh bhon phoball, aig coinneamh de Bhòrd CDCIG ann am Barraigh air 22 Samhain. Thug grunn bheachdan iomradh air gum bu chòir tuilleadh fòcas a bhith air Gàidhlig agus a’ bhuaidh eaconamach gu na h-Eileanan a dhèanamh nan àite tarraingeach do dhaoine a bhith a’ fuireach agus ag obair.  Dh’aontaich Bòrd an CDCIG gabhail ri Poileasaidh Gàidhlig agus thig dreachd mu choinneimh a’ Bhùird aig an ath choinneamh sa Mhàrt 2018. Chaidh susbaint Gàidhlig an PLBI a neartachadh cuideachd.

`S e pàipear a ghabhas atharrachadh a th’anns an PLBI agus thèid ath-sgrùdadh an ceann bliadhna.  A dh’aithghearr thèid cruth atharraichte nam pàipearan, ann an Gàidhlig agus am Beurla fhoillseachadh air làrach-lìn na Comhairle. Thug cuid iomradh air nach robh targaidean SMART anns an PLBI.  Bidh na Prìomh Bhuidhnean ag ullachadh Plana Gnìomh le targaidean ann an dàimh ri na iùilean cudromach agus bidh iad seo air am foillseachadh air an làrach-lìn còmhla ri mion-chunntas air mar a thèid sùil a chumail air dèanadas.  


How Good is Your Community?

The OHCPP has set out a survey to find out what you think of the area in which you live. What are the facilities like? Do you feel included in your community and how could the organisations of the Outer Hebrides improve your experience?

Initial results and more detailed findings are in the reports below

icon Initial survey results public_may 2017 (514.96 kB)

icon How Good is Our Place Final Report (3.51 MB)

icon How Good is Our Place Report North Uist and Benbecula (2.38 MB)

icon How Good is Our Place Report Stornoway West (2.78 MB)

The results from this survey will be used by all partner organisations to identify priorities for action for the next 10 years.

Congratulations to the winner of our £50 coop gift card draw and thank you to everyone who has particpated in the survey.


OHCPP Board Meetings

The next meeting of the OHCPP Board is scheduled for 21 March 2019 in Harris.

Papers for the meeting are available here.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

If you would like more information about our schedule and location of meetings in 2019 please click here.


Community Justice Partnerships

The new Community Justice (Scotland) Act sets out a new way of delivering outcomes for Community Justice. The Outer Hebrides Community Justice Partnership has published its Community Justice Outomce Improvement Plan 2017-18 and further information is available here.


Uist and Barra public transport – participatory budgeting project

Following the success of the Uist and Barra public transport project, resources to assist other public bodies with the Participatory Budgeting processes, including templates and examples from the Uist and Barra procurement exercise are now available here.


Welfare Reforms and Poverty

Information about the Welfare Reforms and some of the impacts can be found here.

Internet Access Points

A map of Western Isles Comhairle and Community facilities offering internet access can be found here.


Survival Guide

The Western Isles Poverty Action Group and Partners have revised the Survival Guide for people in crisis or affected by Welfare Reforms. Hard copies are available from all Western Isles Citizen Advice Bureaus and can be downloaded here:

icon In Crisis, need help - Survival Guide (1.14 MB)


Single Outcome Agreement: Measuring Success

The OHCPPs SOA Annual Report 2015-16 is avaiable here






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