Archives for February 27th, 2006

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 27 February, 2006

This document published by ourpartnerships describes how a South London charity provides out-of -hours activities in schools. The Trojans Scheme has 16 partnerships with primary schools, providing a range of out-of-school activities during term time and the holidays. The charity charges the children’s parents for the activities and offers subsidised places for children from deprived backgrounds. It has been praised as a “community catalyst” by think-tank Demos.Trojans started out as a project set up by parents and staff at one primary school and five years ago became an independent charity that now works with 6,000 children. Trojans hopes to have 300 schools partnerships in 12 years’ time.

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MORE SUPPORT FOR SELF CARE SCHEMES

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 February, 2006

More support is being given to health and social care schemes that help people with long term conditions to deal with their own health problems enabling them to stay out of hospital. The Department of Health has published a new guide that includes examples of innovative practice.The guide, “Supporting people with long term conditions to self-care” has been produced to help NHS and social care staff to promote self-care following the recent Health White Paper in which a key theme was helping people take control of their own health. The guidance highlights some of the ways that health and social services are supporting self care at a local level. They include monitoring devices, self care skills education and training, support networks and information services and are provided by a range of public, private and voluntary sector agencies.

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COUNCILS KEEN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART AND TAKE POWER

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 February, 2006

Almost three quarters of local authorities in England and Wales are actively involved with schools to increase young people’s awareness of democracy, according to a survey by the Local Government Association released today to coincide with the launch of a Local Democracy Campaign.The launch will see Local Democracy Week expanded into a year round campaign to increase young peoples’ awareness that they have the power to shape their community. It aims, too, to make local authorities more relevant to young people by encouraging them to ‘Take Part Take Power’ and to persuade them to see councils as the route to making changes in the places where they live.

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