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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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Oxfordshire: De-normalising smoking through partnership work

The community fund, with grants of up to £1,000 at a time, is available for partners who want to run smokefree events and initiatives. 

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Southampton: Embedding stop smoking expertise across services

Residents in Southampton who want to quit smoking and need help can access national NHS materials and an eight-week package of help via many pharmacies or their GP practice if they need it.

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Suffolk County Council: Communications response to CQC pilot

A dedicated Adult Social Care project team was created to manage Suffolk County Council's involvement in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) pilot, and communications was a key part of the project from the very beginning.

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Essex Record Office and the 1953 Essex Flood

Essex Record Office wanted to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1953 Essex flood, a disaster which claimed 120 lives. They worked collaboratively with community groups, the Environment Agency and National Coastwatch to create public events which were attended by 1700 participants.

Suffolk Archives ‘We have to move on’

‘We have to move on’ was a partnership project between Suffolk Archives, the National Horseracing Museum (NHRM) and Orchestras Live. The project was based on the memoir of Fritz Ball, a Jewish refugee living with his wife Eva at a refugee hostel at Palace House Stables in Newmarket from 1939 to 1942.

Suffolk’s communications response to CQC pilot

Matt Woor was Suffolk County Council’s Communications Lead for Adult Social Care when they volunteered to be part of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) pilot.

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Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARS)

The Active Westminster Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARs) is delivered by Everyone Health in partnership with Westminster City Council’s leisure contractors Everyone Active, and was previously known as the Exercise Referral Scheme.

Everyday Active in Kent

Everyday Active is a campaign created and developed by Active Kent & Medway, the Active Partnership for Kent and Medway, which is one of 43 Active Partnerships in England and hosted by Kent County Council.

Trafford Moving

Trafford Moving is the borough’s physical activity and sport strategy. The strategy aims to address the issue of physical inactivity in Trafford by maximising community assets such as parks and leisure centres, and is a key part of Trafford’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Trafford Together.

Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre: Rooted in History

The Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre worked with ‘Rooted’, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), who created a community garden within the grounds of the centre.