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Surrey firefighters deliver life-saving treatment at Red One emergencies

Firefighters are delivering life-saving treatment at certain Red One emergencies in a collaboration which is transforming the way services are delivered to residents in Surrey and Sussex.

Worcestershire uses new biomass boiler for their primary school

Worcestershire County Council is aiming to reduce CO2 by 25 per cent over the next five years.

Sandwell – Sandwell Healthy Urban Development Unit

Summary Sandwell Council and Sandwell Primary Care Trust (PCT) have created the Sandwell Healthy Urban Development Unit (SHUDU). This is a forum for officers and members to coordinate and integrate spatial planning and efforts to reduce health inequalities.

Littlecombe regeneration site

The Littlecombe site at Dursley is a lead project for SDC and is Gloucestershire's largest single regeneration site. The council is working in partnership with a national development company to make possible the vision of redeveloping the 37 hectare site into a new community with 600 homes, a hospital, over 1,000 new job opportunities with over 40 acres of public open land and green space.

Investing in Stockport

The initial input from the LGA’s productivity expert acted as a catalyst for developing our change programme. Building internal project management capacity will ensure we have the in-house skills to implement a range of complex change projects, saving time and money on employing external support and helping us deliver in excess of £35 million in savings over the next two years.” Steve Skelton, Head of Policy, Performance and Reform, Stockport Council

Efficiency and income generation

Knowsley: Our place – improving services for young people

Young people aged 13 to 19 volunteered as members of the Forum in Knowsley to develop the successful £5 million 'OurPlace' project. Supported by the youth service, they have influenced decision makers on the design of the building, the services to be provided, and range of facilities.

Lewisham: young people campaigning for a skate park

A core group of six young people, supported by their mum's and various community and local government groups, fought to get a skate park in one of their local parks. They attended many local meetings, overcame strong local opposition and eventually got enough votes to proceed with the planning and development stage.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service: helping support people with dementia

Over half of all fire deaths and injury in the home happen to people aged over 60, according to the Chief Fire Officers Association. Recent research has also shown that impairment and disability increase the risk of injury or death from fire.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service: helping support people with dementia

Over half of all fire deaths and injury in the home happen to people aged over 60, according to the Chief Fire Officers Association. Recent research has also shown that impairment and disability increase the risk of injury or death from fire.

Wigan Council using firefighters to be ‘health champions’

Firefighters in Wigan have become ‘health champions’ in their local community. Thanks to specialist training they are able to use their contact with residents to promote healthy messages, give advice and signpost people to help. In total, they work with 20 different agencies.