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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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"Community Maker" - building a cohesive community through an arts and culture project in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is world-famous for its pottery, and a creative project using clay has helped to build a cohesive community in a newly regenerated part of the city.

#Response: Bradford Council’s cultural response to Coronavirus

This is a story of how the Bradford Council thought innovatively to support businesses, culture and communities throughout the pandemic.

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'Experience Barnsley' - a museum and archives discovery centre

Effective community engagement has been key to the success of a new museum which celebrates Barnsley’s past, present and future.

'My Cambridge' - a cultural education partnership

‘My Cambridge’ aims to ensure that every young person growing up in and around Cambridge can benefit from its world-class cultural assets.

A collaborative approach to increasing girls’ engagement of school sport and physical activity – Nottingham & Derby Cities

National children’s charity, the Youth Sport Trust worked collaboratively with Active Partners Trust (APT) to develop and deliver a programme of intervention to schools in targeted communities, to increase engagement and enjoyment of physical activity.

A mutual delivery model of library services at Devon County Council

Devon County Council has set up an independent staff- and community-owned social enterprise to run the county’s library service.

A Necklace of Stars in Derbyshire

A Necklace of Stars celebrates childhood and the night sky in words, song and stitches.

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A new delivery model for Peterborough City Council's library service

In Peterborough, a new delivery model for the city’s library service has reduced its cost by over 20 per cent while increasing public access by 50 per cent.

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A Wellbeing Map for Bourne, Lincolnshire

South Kesteven District Council’s mental health and wellbeing cross party working group worked in collaboration with health partners, a mental health charity and a community arts provider to investigate whether a local information resource would be useful to help reduce isolation and loneliness post Covid.

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Active Friends

The programme offers small group training for six to eight people. The idea is that six friends access the programme and are ‘taught’ by a personal trainer how to train together as a group using any equipment and any venue. They then are encouraged to continue this after the six-week programme to provide support and motivation for one another