Archives for November 15th, 2004

MORE COUNCILS SHARE WASTE MANAGEMENT CASH

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 November, 2004

Ten local authorities are to share eight million pounds of government funding to implement a range of sustainable waste management projects designed to move more waste away from landfill.The funding, announced by environment minister Elliot Morley, brings the total awarded to local councils through the National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund to more than 220 million pounds since its inception in 2002. The latest funding will see the ten councils given a chance to take a lead on sustainable waste management in addition to the 336 projects already under way.

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PROJECTS TRY NEW WAYS TO TACKLE EXCLUSION

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 November, 2004

Two projects have been launched to improve access to public services for the most disadvantaged members of society. One will look at ways to meet the needs of people with no settled home and the other will investigate how new technology can help in addressing inequality.”Better service delivery for disadvantaged people who move frequently” will concentrate on the needs of people who have no choice but to move frequently. The Social Exclusion Unit says an average person moves home only once in seven years but some people move often in a short period of time. That can make it more difficult to access public services and act as a barrier to work or training and disrupt the education of children.

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ACTIVITIES FOR PUBLIC SECTOR TRAINING

Book News, PublicNet: 15 November, 2004

1Edited by Mary GriffithsMost of the resource material published for trainers is set in a commercial context. Mary Griffiths was asked by the publisher to select and modify suitable activities from their existing training resources programme. The result is a collection of 40 activities tailored to the needs of trainers working in a public sector environment. In line with current priorities in the public sector, the focus is on implementing change and improving team performance. The exercises deal with both understanding and skills. The activities are trainer-led group events with the accent on participation and ‘learning by doing’. Each contains detailed guidance for the trainer and ready-to-copy masters for OHPs and any handouts required by the participants. The topics covered include: the challenge of change: turning crisis into opportunity; understanding reaction to change; adjusting to the phases of transition and heightening awareness of organizational culture.

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