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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.

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.

South Tyneside Council: Viking Energy Network Jarrow

South Tyneside Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019, making a pledge to take all necessary steps to make South Tyneside Council carbon neutral by 2030. The strategy captures the innovative approaches being developed to help to combat climate change, by developing a range of renewable energy schemes, minimising reliance on fossil fuels.

South Gloucestershire Council: Co-developing a Carbon Communication Toolkit

This project aimed to provide scientific advice and support as well as building capability within South Gloucestershire Council to identify pathways to local climate targets and support the delivery of the South Gloucestershire local Climate Action Plan, which is now at its second year of delivery.

Durham County Council: Home working energy usage project

Over the past year there has been considerable media speculation as to the carbon impacts of enforced homeworking. Has working from home helped to reduce carbon emissions? The home working energy usage project sought to take advantage of the enforced homeworking that became essential for most non-frontline staff at Durham County Council and Durham University to explore the empirical truth.

Luton Borough Council and the National Register of Licence Revocations and Refusals (NR3)

NR3 has a simple objective of providing a mechanism for licensing authorities to record details of where a taxi or PHV drivers licence has been revoked, or an application for one refused.

Cumbria County Council: Trialling innovative new plastic in roads products

Working with MacRebur and Shell as part of the ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs Programme, Cumbria County Council has introduced ‘plastic’ roads around the county using products which replace some of the bitumen with recycled waste plastic.

Lancaster City Council: A Local Plan for delivering climate adaptation and mitigation

Lancaster City Council declared a Climate Emergency in January 2019, at which point the Local Plan had been submitted and it was not possible to be significantly amended. The Local Plan was adopted in July 2020, and the Council immediately entered a Climate Emergency partial review to ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation become fundamental to placemaking in the District.

Libraries of Sanctuary: Changing perceptions of refugees in Southampton

This case study explains how Southampton City Libraries became a Library of Sanctuary in October 2020. This case study explains how Southampton City Libraries became a Library of Sanctuary in October 2020. This case study forms part of the Culture Hub.