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Darlington: using pies and pints to harness the power of community action

Rather than accepting that fewer financial resources mean poorer services, Darlington has shown that with the right approach, residents can be engaged in a way which not only helps maintain service levels but brings the community together.

Case Study

Darlington: using pies and pints to harness the power of community action

Teignbridge: creating Garden Communities using digital engagement

Two neighbourhoods of Teignbridge District Council were awarded Garden Community Status in 2019. Residents were offered the opportunity to be part of the plans to build vibrant, green neighbourhoods but the pandemic disrupted face-to-face engagement. Determined to involve local people in the project, the council pioneered a set of digital initiatives, the success of which has given Teignbridge Council the confidence to explore other ways to increase resident participation.

Case Study

Teignbridge: creating Garden Communities using digital engagement

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: Mentoring for apprentices

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council provides a mentoring service for apprentices in the private or public sectors. This is part of the Council’s employment and skills team and links with wider services to support harder-to-reach young people, including care leavers and those with disabilities.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: Mentoring for apprentices

LGA responds to Government's Fire Reform White Paper

"The LGA is pleased to see the publication of the long-awaited white paper, it’s especially positive that government has not said it will make mandatory changes to fire governance, and is consulting on a range of governance models for fire and rescue services."

LGA responds to Government's Fire Reform White Paper

Blackpool Council: Care Leaver Employment Adviser project

Blackpool Council's Care Leaver Employment Adviser (CLEA) project provides a dedicated worker for young people (16 to 25 years) who have been looked after by the local authority. This role aims to support young people to take up a job, training, or work placement.

Blackpool Council: Care Leaver Employment Adviser project

Norfolk County Council: Positive Activities Programme

Norfolk's approach to supporting pathways for the hard-to-reach groups in the Council is not documented in a single published strategy but is evident through the range of more specific council strategies for supporting vulnerable and hard-to-reach young people. This includes those with special education needs or disabilities (SEND), youth offenders, and those in care or leaving care.

Norfolk County Council: Positive Activities Programme

Kirklees Council: Support for the universal offer group

Following the disbanding of Connexions as a national service in 2012, Kirklees Council continued to make significant local investments in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), NEET prevention activities and post-16 tracking. With the exception of York, Kirklees and Calderdale have the lowest combined NEET and not known rates in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Kirklees Council: Support for the universal offer group

Hampshire County Council: Hampshire Virtual College

Inclusion is at the heart of Hampshire County Council’s strategies and planning, with recognition of the need to bolster support for those hard-to-reach groups with lower level skills. Hampshire Virtual College aims to ensure that young people have access to high quality, post 16 education, employment and training.

Hampshire County Council: Hampshire Virtual College