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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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‘We Care Academy’ Leeds City Council  

Leeds City Council has a clear focus on the social care workforce, its aim is to support the social care workforce to have the best skills, founded upon high quality research and evidence that improves the health and wellbeing of the people of Leeds. In order to deliver an effective, skilled social care workforce in Leeds, the DASS has invested in the organisational and workforce development team to deliver a range of services.

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York: promoting and supporting voices in the community

This case study is an example of the practical use of asset-based approaches in communities.

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Working with business to improve the health of our communities

This resource describes how public health in a number of councils has started to use the opportunities of a local government setting to improve health and wellbeing.

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Worcestershire: the benefits of a dedicated loneliness service

Worcestershire County Council commissions a specialist loneliness service. People referred in are assigned case workers who support them to access local activities as well as helping to build up their confidence. More than 900 people have been helped over the last 18 months.

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Wolverhampton City Council: Applying behavioural science principles as quick wins to COVID work

Wolverhampton City Council wanted to draw on behavioural science methodology and insights across their response to the pandemic. They found there is a need to balance the practical (what’s feasible) whilst drawing on principles and insights which can increase the impact of their work.

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Wokingham: How recovery college is providing universal support to adults

Wokingham Borough Council has set up a free mental health and wellbeing service which offers a range of courses and workshops people can utilise to encourage them to become experts in their own self-care.

Wirral: care home teletriage service

Wirral has a large number of care homes and had a significant number of non-elective admissions from care home residents. It was a priority to ensure that care was provided in the patient’s place of residence wherever possible, as a non-elective admission can have a detrimental effect on frail older people. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

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Wirral Council: Listened to the ‘voice of the resident’ and engaged with hard-to-reach communities

Developed a programme to address health and wellbeing disparity at a local level.

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Wiltshire: Supporting the employability and skills of young people

In Wiltshire the council has provided targeted support to those most at risk, setting up a dedicated team to work with young people not in education, employment or training.

Wiltshire council: promoting vaccination among traveller and houseboat communities

Wiltshire Council targeting groups at risk of low uptake, including homeless, traveller and houseboat communities.

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