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Conference Photos October 23, 2006

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Martin Wood October 23, 2006

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Despite the distractions, Martin Wood from the Government Office for the North West, talks about what he learned from the GO/Defra discussion session.

Ivan Annibal October 23, 2006

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Ivan Annibal from Lincolnshire County Council tells us what he hears in the council officers’ discussion group.

Councillor Jane Evison October 23, 2006

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Jane Evison from East Riding of Yorkshire Council gives her instant reaction to the discussion group for elected members.

Members Discussion Group October 23, 2006

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Elected members at the conference talk about their experience of the mentoring programme so far

Richard Greening, Programme Update October 23, 2006

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richardgreening.jpgRichard gave a presentation to the whole group on progress in the programme so far.

The current position is that of the twelve projects started in 2005, nine are doing well, two (East Staffs and Wakefield) got stuck and have been rescoped. Only one, Allerdale, didn’t continue beyond scoping and so two reserve projects were started early in 2006 (Cumbria and North Warwickshire) to replace it.

The teams have carried out visits to other authorities, held local seminars for officers and members in mentee authorities, focusing so far mostly on group mentoring rather than individual mentoring.

The top five issues faced are:

Access to Services/Transport;
Community Leadership;
Community Engagement;
Affordable Housing; and
Facilitating enterprise and skills.

While scoping has taken longer than expected, engagement is now underway and visits are getting positive feedback – though at this early stage, progress on external outcomes are not so clear yet.

Next steps for phase 1 are the completion of engagement programmes, focusing on achieving external outcomes, reporting on each project leading up to a third learning network event and final evaluaiton results from phase 1.

In Phase 2 we’ll see a new programme focusing on strategic housing leadership and delivery capacity with 10 bids from unitaries, district councils and national parks in late November 2006, ready for mentoring beginning in May 2007.

Richard’s Powerpoint presentation is available in the Community Document Store.

Blogging the Rural Excellence Event for I&DeA October 23, 2006

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Upwards of forty people, councillors and officers from local authorities and representatives of Central and Regional Government, have gathered at the Monkbar Hotel in York to chew over their experience of the I&DeA’s Rural Excellence mentoring programme.

I’m going to be blogging throughout the day today, capturing bits of video and audio and sharing them here or on the CoP website once it is up and running properly.

We’ve just been listening to Richard Greening from I&DeA¬† about the progress of the programme and people are now going to break up into discussion groups.