We are the champions!

I can’t seem to have a conversation this week with out hearing of another award that we have won or been shortlisted for!  We won two awards and were shortlisted for a further four at the Children and Young People Now awards ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.  The Staffordshire Young People’s Service Bumps and Babies group won the Early Years Award.  Staffordshire Moorlands Community and Learning Partnership’s Lads and Dads group won top prize in the Parenting Awards, as well as being highly recommended in the Extended School Awards.

In addition, Burntwood Community and Learning Partnership’s Hit the Ground Crawling young fathers’ initiative was shortlisted for the Early Years Award, the Wombourne Youth Action Team Multi-Use Games Area was shortlisted for the Extended Schools Award and Stone Community and Learning Partnership’s Right Stuff project for the Third Sector Award.  Well done to all those involved in these diverse groups and projects.

Congratulations also to the award winning Procurement team!  The Stafford-based team have won the SOPO Award for Outstanding Achievement in Procurement in the local council category.  Their award winning entry recognised their work in ensuring that we support local businesses when we buy food for the school meals service, while also complying with complex European legislation.

We also had two worthy runners up at the Guardian Public Services awards.  Charlotte Bailey was a runner up for the Public Servant of the year for her work in consulting and engaging parents and developing the free web based toolkit www.parentandcarerengagement.org.uk.  The county council’s Dementia Navigator Scheme in North Staffordshire was also a runner up in the ‘Service Delivery’ category.  Members of the navigator team visit individuals, their carers and families in their own homes and help them to access local services which are appropriate to their needs.

 Congratulations to all of you for putting Staffordshire on the map in such diverse ways.

This week several Cabinet members and I attended the County Council network, which gave us a chance to listen to other councils outline their future plans.  We came away from that meeting very confident that we are ahead of the game in our in loads of areas compared to other Councils.  I had a chance to share this with many of our managers this morning.  I thanked them for their phenomenal efforts to date, and I want to extend those thanks to you.  There is still much to do, but we are definitely on the right track.

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