Social Impact Pledge

Argyll and Bute Council

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Social Impact Pledge logo

Argyll & Bute Council pledges to:

Challenge ourselves to increase the positive impact we make on our local community and make better use of our assets – our buildings/grounds and our people.

In the next six months we will do at least three things that we don’t do at the moment to improve our social impact.                                                                                                        

Signed, Signature of Chief Executive Chief Executive, December 2017                                                                                                                                                       

1st Commitment

Operation of Foodbank     

In April 2017 the number of people using food banks in the UK had risen by seven percent in the last year, according to new data from the Country’s biggest provider (The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network) offering an indication that food poverty continues to be on the rise. Argyll and Bute has several food banks situated across its geographical area – Kintyre, Helensburgh and Isle of Bute.

Links will be established with food banks in operation across Argyll and Bute. A central point will be made available at Council Headquarters, Kilmory in Lochgilphead for donations to be made, with the possibility of extending this to other Council buildings when fully established. A holding area will be made available on the premises for donations to be stored pending distribution.

Transport arrangements will be made via employees travelling or employees who are travelling on business and who are willing to volunteer to deliver to foodbanks.                                                                                                

Geographical location of impact

  • Across Argyll and Bute

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2nd Commitment

Youth Voice

Argyll and Bute Council’s published Children and Young Peoples’ Services Plan 2017-2020 includes a commitment to empower young people’s voices to be heard by ensuring children and young people have a greater understanding of their rights as laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Young people and their families are supported to express their views and are supported to participate in individual and service planning. The views of all young people are listened to and responded to when taking decisions. Young people with additional support needs feel included and are supported in the community.

Consultation work has been carried out with young people and schools to establish existing levels of engagement with young people in schools. In response to findings the following action points have been identified:

Leadership Programme – Review and Update

Capacity building is key to ensuring effective participation of young people in Youth Voice activities. Activities such as the Youth Service’s Young Leader Programme and Involvement Training have had good success but there’s a need to increase delivery and co-ordinate with other provision such as the DofE Leadership Programme.

Participative Democracy Certificate (PDC) – Pilot Rothesay Joint campus

The PDC is co-ordinated by YouthLink Scotland and offers 2 credits at SCQF level 5. The course fits nicely with Pupil Councils and Youth Workers will lead the delivery. It gives participants the opportunity to acknowledge and develop communication, decision-making and participation in the context of democratic engagement. If the pilot is successful, the intention is to roll out to other schools.

Youth Voice Conference

As part of 2018 Year of the Young Person (date to be confirmed,) an authority wide conference aimed at key stakeholders (young people, teachers, youth workers, senior Council officials and Elected Members) will be held to look at good practice, exchange views and agree a strategy to implement in Argyll and Bute.                   

Geographical location of impact

  • Across Argyll and Bute

Contact details

3rd Commitment

As part of the Lochgilphead and Tarbert Regeneration Programme and specifically in regard to the redesign of the front green amenity space of Lochgilphead, we will actively engage with young people, working through the local primary and secondary school and Mid Argyll Youth Development services, to ensure that they have a meaningful say in the redesign.


Geographical location of impact

  • Lochgilphead and surrounding area

Contact details