Calderdale Council has been shortlisted for three prestigious national awards, thanks to its innovative work in Public Health, Children and Young People’s Services and Health and Safety.
The council is a finalist in three categories of the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2019 – Public Health Improvement, Innovation in Children’s Services, and Rising Star.
Calderdale Council’s Pathways Service – which supports young people leaving care – is provided in partnership with Prospects within our Children and Family Services operational area led by Alison Williams.
Calderdale Council’s Innovation in Children’s Services nomination is all about reaching and engaging with people who are in most need of support. The MJ shortlisted the council for its innovative approach to helping young people leaving care, which has kindness at its heart. As one of the first local authorities to formally recognise not only its role as a corporate parent, but also corporate grandparent, the Council provides outstanding support (as recognised by Ofsted) not only to young people leaving care, but also to their children. This ensures that everyone has access to opportunities which help them achieve their best.
Talented young people continually shape the service; they plan their own futures with the support of staff they trust; and they have access to apprenticeship and work opportunities within the Council and with partner organisations. 17% of Calderdale’s young people are in higher education, compared to the national average of 6%. 99% of Calderdale’s young people live in suitable accommodation, compared to 84% nationally, through the extensive range of housing options and tailored support to live independently.
Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Being nominated for three of these prominent awards is great national recognition for the hard work of our talented and creative teams. They have all shown amazing commitment to the Vision2024 for Calderdale to be a distinctive place, where everyone can reach their potential, where talent and enterprise can thrive, and where people are kind and resilient.”
The MJ Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 26 June 2019.
Shaw Trust is judging the Transforming Lives category and will be hearing presentations from the shortlisted councils shortly. The councils shortlisted by Shaw Trust are: Cheshire East Council; City of Wolverhampton Council; Newark and Sherwood District Council; Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council; Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council; and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.