Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Councils: supporting prisoners

An integrated substance misuse service has been set up to work in the community and local prison.

Liverpool City Council: providing a holistic drop-in service for street drinkers

Liverpool City Council has run a dropin service for street drinkers over recent summers, providing substance misuse help alongside other support, such as mental health care and housing support.

Oxfordshire County Council: giving service users ‘a sense of purpose’

A café staffed by substance misuse service users has been created in Oxfordshire to help people recover from their problems.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: helping high-impact problem drinkers

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has worked with Alcohol Concern to support the most difficult, hard-to-reach drinkers.

Surrey County Council: the benefits of outreach work

Surrey County Council has set up a specialist outreach team to work with the most hardto-reach drinkers.

Birmingham City Council: moving from 19 providers to one integrated service

Birmingham City Council has created an integrated substance misuse service after concern its previous approach was too fragmented.

Gateshead Council: running a dedicated service for young people

Gateshead Council commissions a dedicated substance misuse service for young people.

London Borough of Hackney: supporting people into work

The London Borough of Hackney has started to run an employment support programme for people under going substance misuse treatment. The six-week programme offers everything from help writing CVs to confidence building sessions. It has had an immediate impact.

Knowlsey Council: working with the NHS to spot and treat respiratory problems

Knowsley Council’s substance misuse service has teamed up with the Liverpool Chest and Heart Hospital to offer testing and treatment for respiratory problems.

Leeds City Council: engaging street beggars

A complex cases team has been set up in Leeds to work with street beggars.