Community Services seeks to enable individuals, groups and organisations to provide quality support and cohesive direction within their communities. The services promotes active involvement in addressing local issues associated with disadvantage, social exclusion, good relations, community safety and the reduction of crime. The purpose of the Community
Services function is fourfold:
- Community Development function: To develop more cohesive and engaged communities by engaging with residents, promoting an effective and efficient Voluntary and Community Sector, working in partnership with providers and providing accessible, well-co-ordinated services to people in local communities.
- Good Relations function: To fulfil Council’s Good Relations duty by tackling sectarianism, racism and other forms of intolerance while actively promoting good relations both within Council and building positive relations at local levels.
- Policing and Community Safety function: To work in partnership with criminal justice agencies and local communities to develop community confidence in policing, reduce crime antisocial behaviour and the fear of crime.
- Tackling Deprivation and evidenced need: To work in partnership with relevant stakeholders to address the barriers to prosperity in some local rural and urban communities with the Causeway Coast & Glens Council area.’