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Key topic areas covered include: Children & Young People, Communities, Environment, Fire & Rescue Services, Housing & Planning, and more…

The Importance of Having a Gendered Approach to Housing First

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and often women experience this alongside homelessness. Louisa Steele, Housing First and Homelessness Project Manager at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, shares how the Westminster Violence Against Women and Girls Housing First project are working to deliver tailored support and housing for women.

In conversation: Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

In 2020 around 43% of those seeking asylum in the UK were women and children. Of these, 8% were children who arrived in the country without a parent or guardian. We spoke to Coventry City Council, about they are working with local partners to provide more holistic care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Michael Kill, Chief Executive Officer, Night Time Industries Association

We're delighted to welcome Michael Kill, as a content contributor for MyGovCentral. Michael is the Chief Executive of the Night Time Industries Association and will be sharing insights into providing flexible support to businesses in the night-time economy.

In conversation: Tackling Alcohol Addiction and Discovering the Impacts of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD) 

In 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in the UK increased by 19.6% compared to the previous year. We heard from Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Julia Lewis about how authorities can work better to support those who misuse substances.

The Environmental Benefits of Hybrid Working

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. We heard from Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability at the University of Nottingham, shared with us some recent research into the environmental benefits of hybrid working.

Criminal Behaviour Orders: Insights from ASB Help

Criminal Behaviour orders were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, replacing Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. We heard from Angela Denison, Victim and Partnership Project Manager at ASB help about her own experience of using Criminal Behaviour Orders.

Showcasing Local Employers to Improve Youth Employment Opportunities

The number of young people not in education, employment or training in January to March 2022 was estimated at 10.4%. We heard from Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor at Somerset County Council, about how the TalentEd Academy programmes has provided young people with opportunities to explore future careers following education.

Improving Customer Service – Campaigns at Golding Homes

In November 2020, the Charter for Social Housing Residents, a social housing white paper, defined the responsibility of housing associations to provide residents with a high standard of customer service. We heard from Annemarie Roberts, Director of Operations, Golding Homes about their Customer centred Service Campaign What about Shirley.

Mental Health Support with YouthFed

YouthFed is a youth charity that supports young people between the ages of 10 and 29, helping to improve their lives. Their vision is to help create a society where all young people are able to achieve their full potential. They shared Mark's story with us.

How Sevenoaks District Council Have Made Greener Investments to Create Self-Sufficient Income

Local authorities have faced several years of funding cuts, with Covid-19 only exacerbating financial pressures further. Peter Fleming, leader of Sevenoaks District Council shared with us how the council has acted on plans developed before the pandemic to improve council revenue to retain the self-sufficiency the council achieved in 2016.

Generating Income from Uncommercialised Land with Pop Ups

Local authorities have reported a 17% decline in spending on public services since 2010 due to funding cuts. Cornwall Council established the pop up business scheme as a new way to generate income on uncommercialised council assets. This case study explores how the pop ups have generated income for the council and provided support to the local community and businesses.

The Community Trigger: Obstacles to Effective Access and Implementation

Out of 195 councils approached by BBC Panorama, 1 in 5 of them had never held a community trigger. ASB Help provides advice and support to victims of anti-social behaviour in England and Wales. In this article they discuss obstacles to effective access and implementation of the community trigger.

In Conversation: Becoming a Net-Zero University, Turning Ambitions into Reality

In recent years higher education providers have made efforts to improve sustainability; most UK universities now have sustainability pledges. The University of Nottingham is at the forefront of this movement, with carbon reduction targets in place across all its campuses. We spoke to Andy Nolan, the Director of Sustainability and Development at the University of Nottingham about turning these ambitions into reality.

Emergency Planning: How Volunteers can Help Create a Human-centred Approach

The public and volunteers are integral in emergency responses and can fill the gaps in response teams during emergencies. Naomi Phillips, of the Red Cross, outlined how volunteers and the community can help fill these gaps to achieve a human-centred response to crises.

Emergency Planning: Using Data to Improve Support for Vulnerable People in Emergencies

It is important in emergencies to identify vulnerable individuals, as they are often the residents who need the most help. We heard from John Higgins of Tendring District Council about how resident data has been utilised to improve and prepare emergency responses.

Emergency Planning: Preparing the Public and Emergency Responders

The first wave of Covid-19 highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness and the need to improve responses to major incidents. Holly Carter, of Public Health England shared how emergency responders and the public can be best prepared for major incidents and highlighted the importance of using up to date research in planning for emergencies.

Supporting Young People with Mental Health Issues

Youth Fed is a youth charity that supports over 5,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 29, helping to improve the lives of young people. They shared Amy's story with us.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Early Years Development: Strategies for Preventing and Closing Attainment Gaps

Many children start school, unequipped with the speech, language, and communication skills that would be expected at school-entry age. The Norwich Opportunity Partnership Area Board are working to strengthen early-childhood development statistics in the area. We heard from Tim Coulson, Chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area on how Communication hubs and champions can help to support these children in their development.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Local Approaches to Addressing Financial Inclusion

Leeds City Council has been working to promote financial inclusion in the city, addressing poverty and poor life outcomes. We heard from Jo Rowlands, Financial Inclusion Manager at Leeds City Council. They discussed the importance of a strategic, holistic approach to confronting financial exclusion.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Understanding Intergenerational Disadvantage

The UK has long struggled to improve social mobility - with Covid-19 exacerbating this problem. We heard from Erin Hawkes, Lead Analyst at The Social Mobility Commission who discussed their work tackling intergenerational disadvantage in the UK.