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LGA statement: Sir David Amess MP
Make school-based counselling available to all children
Spending Review 2021: The LGA view
Place-based collaboration for culture and heritage: London and South regions, 18 October 2021
Presentations from this event are available here.
Worcestershire: the benefits of a dedicated loneliness service
Worcestershire County Council commissions a specialist loneliness service. People referred in are assigned case workers who support them to access local activities as well as helping to build up their confidence. More than 900 people have been helped over the last 18 months.
London Borough of Waltham Forest: using social prescribing to combat loneliness
The London Borough of Waltham Forest set up a social prescribing service five years ago. The team works with primary care in the NHS and community groups across the area to link people in with activities and support. Loneliness is one of the most common reasons for a referral. But thanks to the support being provided residents are being helped to learn new skills and take part in a variety of activities, reducing isolation in the process.
Stockport: helping the digitally excluded
An alliance bringing together the public, private and voluntary sectors has been supported by Stockport Council to help tackle digital exclusion. Local residents have been trained to become “digital champions” and a dedicated helpline and a device lending library set up. Since the programme started in 2018 thousands of residents have been helped improve their digital skills, reduce the risk of isolation in the process.
Reigate and Banstead: community workers helping people of all ages
Reigate and Banstead’s community development workers are a key part of the borough council’s work to tackle social isolation. They are embedded in the community and work with people of all ages, helping establish volunteer networks for older people, intergenerational art and craft groups and activities for teenagers and young people.
Norfolk: how libraries can connect communities
Norfolk has a well-established Healthy Libraries scheme that is having a significant impact on social isolation and loneliness. The library service runs a range of initiatives from singing and colouring groups to a reading project aimed at people who are housebound. They have played a vital role in keeping people living in the large rural county connected both before and during the pandemic.
Climate change hub
We offer a wide range of support to help councils address the issues of climate change and environmental sustainability.
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the sad death of Sir David Amess MP.
House of Commons debate, COP26 and limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees, 21 October 2021
Local government plays a leading role in achieving net zero carbon, and therefore halting temperature rises. Almost two thirds of councils in England are aiming to be carbon neutral 20 years before the national target and 91 per cent of local authorities have adopted at least one net zero commitment, according to the National Audit Office.
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives - a glossary of terms
This glossary includes resources and definitions of wider determinants of health, complex systems and systems thinking approaches.
LGA: Make school-based counselling available to all children to tackle rising child mental health issues
School-based counselling needs to be available and fully funded by the Government in all state funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during COVID-19, the Local Government Association urges today.
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives: Shropshire Council
Shropshire’s long term vision: statutory and voluntary services will work together with communities to ensure everyone in Shropshire has access to the help and support they need to prevent food insecurity.
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives: Northumberland Council
The Heart of Blyth project will create the conditions for a safer and stronger community to flourish by means of improving how people relate to each other, how Blyth is seen by others and how Blyth looks in order to reduce fear of crime and improve the wellbeing and health of people living in Blyth.
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives: London Borough of Newham
Newham’s long-term vision is to understand and address food insecurity for children and young people so that all families can afford and benefit from a sufficient, nutritious diet.
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