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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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The Big Lunch in Bradford: inclusion through food

This Bradford Council project encouraged residents to share food and friendship with each other, giving the council, voluntary groups and individuals a different way to engage the wider community, and a framework for ongoing engagement in a way which promotes respect and understanding between and within communities.

Creating sustainable heritage partnerships in Sunderland

Sunderland City Council worked with Sunderland North Community Business Centre to significantly enhance the visitor and commercial offer of the Bowles Railway Museum.

Stockton-on-Tees: Tees Active contributes to local health strategy

Tees Active is a charitable leisure trust established by Stockton-onTees Borough Council in 2004. As well as providing cost-efficient management of council facilities, it delivers a range of commissioned services that contribute to the local health strategy.

Oldham Community Leisure

Oldham Community Leisure was formed as an industrial and provident society in 2002. Its partnership with Oldham Council is successfully delivering on a range of community outcomes. The leisure trust delivers health interventions and services as well as running leisure centres and sports facilities.

Broxbourne: In-house service delivery

Broxbourne Borough Council runs its own sports provision through the Broxbourne Sport service. Over the last 10 years the service has gone from an operating loss to a trading budget surplus, which is used to improve the facilities and increase participation. This has already saved more than £700,000 from the council’s capital programme budget.

Wirral: Aiming for self suffiency in sports provision by 2020

Wirral Council runs its own sport and leisure provision and has an ambition for the service to be selfsufficient by 2020. Ahead of that, investment is underway to improve the facilities, increase participation, improve the health of local people and generate greater income from the sports facilities.

East Riding of Yorkshire: provides sport, play, arts and leisure services inhouse

East Riding of Yorkshire Council provides its sport, play and arts service and its leisure service inhouse. Other models have been considered and trialled in the past, such as outsourcing, but the services demonstrate high levels of success under the in-house mechanism.

Oxford In-house sports and physical activity development

Oxford City Council’s awardwinning sport and physical activity team works with a broad range of partners, including an external provider which operates the city’s sport and leisure facilities. Targeted programmes, projects and events are helping to increase participation among key community groups.

Three Rivers: In-house sports and leisure facilities improve health and wellbeing of residents

Three Rivers District Council has an in-house leisure development team and contracts out the management of its leisure venues. The team works with a range of partners to meet strategic targets around increasing the health and wellbeing of local people, including those with additional needs, mental health issues and vulnerable young people.

Eastleigh: prioritising getting women and girls more active

Eastleigh In-house sports and physical activity development Eastleigh Borough Council’s sport and active lifestyles team works with its two outsourced leisure providers, and other partners, to help people lead healthier lives. Local priorities include getting women and girls more active and addressing a dropoff in participation as young people approach their teenage years.