• Engaging with devolution

    Engagement - with the public and with colleagues across the public sector - was a key issue at last month's iNetwork conference in Manchester, writes Mark Singh. One of the most fascinating things about the iNetwork's excellent 'Delivering through Devolution' conference was that there was relatively little mention of growth, given its close association with devolution. Instead, attendees and speakers focused on how devolution could be used as an opportunity to reform local services and transform local com

  • Mental health and employment support

    The landscape of employment support for people with common mental health problems is changing. Kim Archer shares details of some of the work taking place to improve the support available. One in 4 of us will have a mental health problem during our lives. Over 40% of people claiming Employment Support Allowance have a mental health problem. Despite the experience being common, until recently little attention has been paid to how to help people keep or regain employment. Since the Growth Deal announcements

  • Empowering communities through sport

    Following on from the launch of Sport England's 'Club Matters' guidance, Sporting Assets' Tom Hall shares his experience of supporting communities take local control of valued sporting facilities. The three football leagues that organise amateur football in Blackburn weren't looking to become owners of an asset. They just wanted more places to reliably, safely play football. But as they delved deeper into the issue, and got a better understanding of their options, they came to the conclusion that maybe t

  • Expansion of employment support in Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark

    Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark have announced the expansion of their sucessful employment support programme, Kim Archer outlines its detail. Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark's Joint Committee agreed last week to appoint St Giles Trust to run phase 2 of their successful Pathways to Employment (PTE) Programme. The Joint Committee and the PTE Programme is a collaboration across the three boroughs which aims to transform local public services by providing employment support to their residents. The Joint Commi

  • Mental health safe havens

    Featured in the Guardian, a Safe Haven project that offers out of hours coffee and support is helping keep people with mental health problems out of A&E. The Safe Haven cafe in Aldershot, Hampshire is open evenings and weekends to anyone who needs mental health support out-of-hours. It is run by MCCH , a mental health charity in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS trust and Catalyst , a charity which supports those witth alcohol and drug addiction. The cafe has proven hugely popular with u

  • The road less travelled: building systems leadership in Surrey

    Partners in Surrey are coming together to build systems leadership capability in a new and innovative way, explains Anna Reed and Carmel Millar. Public servants tend to equate leadership development with formal modular training courses which take people out of the day job and offer theory based learning. This continues to be an important way of building organisational capability and ensuring we have leaders equipped for the future. However, perhaps the scale of the challenge in redesigning and integrating


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