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Welcome to the second edition of ‘Team Talk’, the bulletin for Telford & Wrekin Partnership. The bulletin aims to improve communications between partner organisations by getting you to write articles on areas of your work that may be of interest to others. It also acts as a forum to promote events, consultations and key documents/strategies. ‘Team Talk’ depends on contributions from you – see the ‘future issues’ section below for details on how to send in your article and submission deadlines.

Partner Organisations
Partnership Community Support Officers (CSO) Targeted Team From 31st May 2007 a new targeted CSO team is in place, with 7 new CSOs funded by the Police and Wrekin Housing Trust. Their activities will be prioritised around the Safer, Stronger Communities Objectives and they will provide support to the Local Policing Teams. For more information click on the icon or contact Paul Kinsella, Acting Superintendent t: 01952 214754.

Policing Changes in Telford & Wrekin – Local Policing From last April, Telford & Wrekin has seen the introduction of Local Policing Teams that offer dedicated, accessible and visible neighbourhood policing teams. There are now 5 policing areas with 20 local policing teams in the Borough. Each policing area is managed by a Sergeant and each team is made up of a Beat Manager and Community Support Officers (CSOs). Local Policing Teams are responsible for working with partner agencies to hold public meetings and surgeries to discuss issues affecting a neighbourhood’s quality of life. The feedback from these meetings is disseminated to all relevant agencies and the public. For more information and to find dates of all the Local Policing Team meetings click on the icon below or contact: Sarah Warren, Divisional Media Liaison Officer t: 214639.

Department for Trade and Industry- Energy White Paper The Energy White Paper has been issued providing guidance and a long-term framework to reduce CO2 omissions, look at new energy supplies, promote competitive markets and ensure every home is adequately and affordably heated. The paper includes measures to help the UK become more energy efficient and cut energy use. To read more click on the icon below or go to www.dti.gov.uk.

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Tourism West Midlands – West Midlands Tourism Structure 17 members from public and private organisations, representing a wide range of interests have come together to lead on regional tourism policy developments and provide a strategic lead on tourism to Advantage West Midlands (AWM). They lead on regional activities including marketing of the region and 2012 Olympic Games preparation. For more information on the tourism structures in the West Midlands click on the icon below or contact Jo Jury, Tourism Support Manager t: 0121 503 3220.

Wheels to Work Scheme The Wheels to Work Scheme provides short-term transport to and from work or training opportunities when there are no other options. The Scheme provides services such as personal travel planning, bicycle loan, car sharing, moped loan or subsidised driving lessons. The scheme is funded by AWM Rural Access to Services with £30k a year for three years. Click on the icon below for further information or contact Kellie Carr, Wheels to Work Co-ordinator t: 01952 384609.

Skills Pledge, Skills Campaign and New Standard for Centre of Vocational Excellence Programme Skills Pledge – Launched on 14th June by the Government the Skills Pledge is a voluntary commitment by a company or organisation to support employees to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills. The pledge is available for all employers of all sizes to ensure that their staff are skilled, competent and make a full contribution to their organisation. Skills Campaign – The aim of the campaign is to create a belief in everyone that they have the capacity to learn better skills, leading them to improved career opportunities, prosperity and personal fulfilment. The vision for the skills campaign is set out in the Leitch Report, to view the full document go to www.hm-treasury.gov.uk. New Standard for Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) – CoVEs aim to improve the capacity of the Further Education sector to deliver specialist work based learning. 400 centres had got CoVE status by January 2006. Shropshire currently has TCAT – engineering; SCAT –
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construction; and Ludlow – health and social care. A new standard has now been put together that centres will be assessed against; there are 2 levels to apply for, as a whole organisation on being responsive and delivering extra training or as a centre of excellence for specific areas within their organisation which specialise on sector specific training. Those who currently have CoVE status will be able to apply for accreditation against the new standard from 18 th June. To find out more about any of the above click on the icon below or contact Sue Marston Partnership Manager at LSC t: 01952 235517.

Thomas Telford – 250th Anniversary and Chelsea Flower Show To celebrate the anniversary of Thomas Telford Ironbridge Gorge Museum are holding an exhibition ‘Thomas Telford – Colossus of the Roads’ at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, free admission. Congratulations to those involved in the Tollhouse Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show which was a partnership between the Council, Ironbridge Gorge Museum and Harper Adams. To find out more go to www.ironbridge.org.uk Wrekin Housing Trust (WHT) – Choose Your Home, Hand-E-Work, Regeneration in Donnington Choose Your Home – Event held for ‘hard to reach’ members of the community at the Equal Project in Wellington to look at re-housing options and the Choose Your Home service. Hand-E-Work – WHT ICT team were invited to speak an example of best practice at a national conference on the introduction of Hand-E-Work mobile repairs solution working. WHT also won Innovation Services Award 2007 for mobile working and its new repairs service. Regeneration in Donnington – WHT East Team have worked with residents and partners to improve the appearance of Ash Lea Drive, Donnington. After consultation with residents improvements have been made to blocks of flats and a Community Garden has been created. Residents are pleased with the improvements and have seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour. To read more about any of the above click on the link below or contact Sara Thorpe, PR & Marketing Manager, WHT t: 217038.

General
LSP Meeting – 13th June 2007 The second LSP meeting of 2007 took place on 13 th June. The main items on the agenda included: a performance update and outline of future issues from two of our Thematic
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Partnerships - Local Accessibility Partnership and Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership. There were also two other presentations: Local Area Agreement – current progress and future developments and Economic In-migration – developing a Newcomers Strategy for Telford & Wrekin. To find out more details click on the icon below:

Partnership Website Telford and Wrekin Partnership website can be viewed at www.telford-partnership.org.uk. It contains information on all aspects of the Partnership and includes minutes from meetings of the LSP and Agenda Group and information on the Thematic Partnerships. ‘Team Talk’ will also be available to view on the website. Future Issues of ‘Team Talk’ Team Talk relies on articles from partner organisations and the Thematic Partnerships. Thank you to all those who have contributed to the second edition. The bulletin is very much work in progress, and so if you can think of ways it can be improved please let us know. The submission deadlines for future issues are below. Please email your articles to Claire.Mantle@telford.gov.uk. If you have any queries regarding the content of your article please contact Claire Mantle on t: 380140. Submission Deadline for 2007 Articles: 15th October 2007. 2008 dates to follow.

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