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Our Call allows employees to suggest ideas for improvement of services. These ideas need to gain sufficient support from other employees before they progress to the second stage. Then an outline business case is pulled together by a business support officer working with the idea originator. If this is approved by the facilitation team then it is put before the transformation board for a decision to proceed or not.0 View project
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Communication has been recognised in Trafford’s Children and Young People’s Strategy 2011-14 as one of the key areas for improvement based on consultation and feedback; engaging the public is one of the five priorities for “achieving the vision”. Throughout the consultation process for the strategy, children and young people and their parents consistently expressed a desire to be able to better access information and to be able to deliver effective feedback in a manner where it is felt to be constructive and useful. Discussions with young people in Trafford Youth Cabinet revealed an interest in a phone-based app, but also highlighted that it should be cross platform: as Apple products are expensive, young people often cannot afford to buy such products. Blackberry appears particularly popular with young people although it is anticipated that this will change as time goes on. Other suggestions included using Bluetooth technology to promote engagement as well as utilising facebook features such as adverts.0 View project
Cleanstart is a project that seeks to reduce re-offending rates by finding employment opportunities for ex-offenders. Cleanstart became operational in September 2008 and has been so successful in reducing offending among the target group that it has received national recognition- in 2010 our Senior Manager was invited to London by Secretary of State Crispin Blunt MP to explain the thinking behind the project to the Ministry of Justice, and in 2011 we won a Business in the Community Award under the category of Work Inclusion. Some figures to summarise the results of Cleanstart so far: 18 PPOs have left the programme since it began in September 2008, of whom: 11 (61%) completed six months with Cleanstart then moved onto employment, either with Trafford Housing Trust or another organisation. 5 (28%) left the programme without completing six months, but have not reoffended. 2 (11%) left the programme without completing six months, and have since returned to prison. Greater Manchester Police calculate that by diverting Priority Prolific Offenders from crime, the project has so far delivered savings to the taxpayer in excess of £3 million.0 View project
Trafford Eco Streets is a 2 year project which will deliver collective community action to tackle climate change, whilst building community capacity to respond to the Big Society agenda and upskilling local residents to play a more active role in their communities. It will build strong and sustainable local networks and partnerships which will be equipped to encourage local environmental action. The innovative grants and volunteering programme seeks to incentivise communities to respond collectively to climate change. By combining grants, competition and volunteering elements “Eco Streets Trafford” is understood to be unique in Greater Manchester. The support of Cooler brings an added dimension, affording Trafford projects the opportunity to become carbon literacy pilots for Greater Manchester.0 View project
This project seeks to create a targeted approach to tackling childhood obesity through work with schools, budgeting and weight management programmes. Obesity among children and young people is increasing, particularly year 6 pupils (aged 10 and 11) in the North and West of the Trafford borough. Overweight and obese children are more likely to become obese adults, leading to a higher risk of health problems throughout their life. Obesity creates a massive economic burden. The Foresight report – Tackling Obesities forecast that the NHS costs of diseases attributable to elevated body mass index (BMI) are already estimated to be £4.2 billion and that these costs will almost double by 2050. In addition, it is estimated that the costs to the wider economy in this country are already £16 billion and if trends continue this will reach £50 billion by 2050.0 View project