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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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Language Leads Approach pilot in Nottingham City: Training and supporting language champions within early years settings

This evidence-based Language Leads Approach, which consists of training and mentoring a designated practitioner to become the SLC lead in their setting, was piloted in Nottingham City. Despite the positive impact of the LLA, the pilot, ran in 2021/22, saw a very high attrition rate amongst the private, voluntary, and independent settings (PVIs). Staff cover during the COVID pandemic was the barrier to attendance, with the need to develop flexible approaches to the LLA training.

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Gender-sensitive greenspace development: a co-designed approach with adolescent girls in Bradford, UK

Three greenspaces across inner city areas of Bradford were co-designed with local adolescent girls, to enhance the safety and appeal of these spaces. The girls valued their involvement and felt empowered by the process. This way of working influenced other community consultations and will be embedded in local design guides.

Hertfordshire County Council's assistive technology offer, Data Inspired Living, wins LGC award for Innovation

Data Inspired Living uses sensors placed in the home to build a picture of someone’s normal routine. If the sensors detect anything abnormal, an alert can be raised and investigated, allowing people to stay in their own homes and retain independence but still have support when needed.

Wirral Council's Family Toolbox wins MJ Award in the Transforming Lives category

We are proud to say we have heard so many stories from families accessing the Family Toolbox about how the service has completely transformed their quality-of-life outcomes.

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HUSK Wallsend wins MJ Achievement Award in the Innovation in Housing category

North Tyneside Council set out with an ambitious vision to overturn several under-used garage sites into homes for over 55s in an area of high housing demand.

Bury Council: Redevelopment of and existing Gypsy and Traveller site

The demolition and redevelopment of an existing Gypsy and Traveller site involving a wholesale decant programme for the existing residents.

Supporting women and girls to be more active

Manchester City Council’s healthy weight strategy follows a life course approach to support Manchester residents to live healthier lifestyles and is comprised of four strands, one of which is physical activity.

Essex County Council’s Food Recycling Project

Essex County Council delivered a year-long project to galvanize residents to recycle their food by providing them with the relevant tools and know-how to take action.

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Qualitative Evaluation of South Tyneside’s Welcoming Places Scheme

In response to the cost-of-living crisis and fuel poverty, South Tyneside implemented a ‘warm bank’ scheme, known initially as Warm Spaces, later renamed Welcoming Places, to provide residents places to stay warm while reducing energy bills.

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LGC Award for Medium Team of the Year: Merton LBC's Air quality team

Merton LBC won LGC award for Medium Team of the Year for its "innovative and proactive approach to improving air quality".