Archives for May 15th, 2006

LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT TOOLKIT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 15 May, 2006

The toolkit from the Improvement and Development Agency picks up on the lessons learnt from developing local area agreements. It highlights some of the challenges that will arise as LAAs develop. The toolkit uses case studies drawn both from the experience of the pilot and second round of LAAs, and emerging issues from their evaluation. It provides ideas and suggestions.The idea for a toolkit came from a number of people from different backgrounds involved in the first round of agreements. This included local practitioners and staff in government offices, who were keen to share what went well and just as importantly, what went less well, with colleagues. It is a resource for anyone involved in the development of LAAs.

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COMMUNITIES ACADEMY LAUNCHES TRAINING INITIATIVES

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 May, 2006

A series of education and training initiatives for professionals, communities and young people has been launched by The Academy for Sustainable Communities. The Leeds-based Academy, the first of its kind in Britain, is working to improve the skills and knowledge needed to deliver and maintain sustainable communities.With partners from all sectors it will focus on a range of projects designed to capture the interest of young people and encourage them into sustainable community careers. It also aims to ensure there is a coordinated programme of training for professionals and to increase the ability of communities to shape their own futures.

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COEXISTENCE OF RESIDENTS AND SEX WORKERS ‘NEEDS BETTER MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SPACE’

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 May, 2006

A report today says better management of public spaces could improve the relationship between local residents and street sex workers. Researchers commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examined the concerns, issuesand attitudes of local residents, female street sex workers and people working with them in five areas of England and Scotland.Their report says coexistence between local residents and the workers could be improved by the management of public spaces and by more integrated responses. They have also identified effective policies and how public spaces might be better managed.

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