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BEST PRACTICE - THE KNOWLEDGE

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A round-up of good practice and useful information...
A round-up of good practice and useful information

disability club

Dancing is on the cards in Merton which is celebrating the first anniversary of Funky Feet - a club night for people with learning or physical disabilities. The club was set up to provide the residents with a fun and safe environment to socialise in. Led by Merton LBC, the event was put together in response to a survey which revealed residents with learning or physical disabilities wanted a disco they could regularly attend.

For information go to:

www.merton.gov.uk

Brighter subways

A joint initiative between Newcastle-under-Lyme BC and Staffordshire CC involving school children and local artists is helping to brighten up the region's subways. So far, artists working with young people have transformed several underpasses in the borough, the most recent being the£2,500 Enderley Street project, funded by the county council's local members' initiative scheme. Local residents and business representatives were consulted about the new artwork before the scheme went ahead.

For information go to:

www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk

Picture park week

Watford BC has launched a photography competition to celebrate national Love Parks Week 2007, from 16-24 June. The competition encourages residents to get out in the fresh air and capture Watford's parks in a picture. Love Parks Week is organised by the charity GreenSpace, which aims to raise people's awareness of the importance of Britain's parks and green spaces.

For information go to:

www.loveparksweek.org.uk

Sports search tool

Tower Hamlets LBC has launched two initiatives designed to boost sports participation by making it easier for people to get involved. Sports Search matches secondary school pupils with local sports clubs using computer technology, while Participate links would-be volunteers and sports coaches to local sports clubs. As well as finding volunteer sports coaches, officials and administrators, Participate is also looking to create a pool of volunteers for high-profile sporting events, including the 2012 Olympics.

For information go to:

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

Safe slipper swap

Hundreds of pairs of slippers have been swapped for safer models as part of the slipper swap events held across Hampshire over the last few months. Hampshire CC's older persons well-being team joined up with Age Concern Hampshire and district councils to organise the exchange of comfortable footwear.

It is hoped the project will help reduce the number of falls that older people

have across Hampshire every year.

For information go to:

www.hants.gov.uk

Encouraging pride

Residents in South Ribble are being encouraged to take some pride in their local area, community and environment by their council. South Ribble BC has launched the My Place campaign, which includes a series of road shows. The scheme has been set up to help people find out more about events and activities taking place in their neighbourhood and to help them find out how to take responsibility for the way their area looks.

For information go to:

www.southribble.gov.uk

Got any knowledge to share? Email kathy.oxtoby@emap.com

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