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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

Foster videos

Foster carers in Manchester are going online in a bid to encourage new recruits to the service. Potential foster carers can watch video clips of carers in the city talking about all aspects of their work. The clips include wide-ranging discussions on issues such as who can foster, the assessment process, the challenges and rewards of fostering, support and training for foster carers, and caring for disabled children.

For more information go to

www.manchester.gov.uk/ssd/children/fostering

Care at home

Greenwich LBC, in conjunction with Macmillan nurses and the local primary care trust, has launched a service to allow terminally-ill patients to be cared for at home. The service is provided by a small, dedicated team of support staff who have received specialist training in health and social care. The team is made up of six daytime staff, assisted by staff who work at night. Referrals can be made by social care staff, nurses and GPs.

For more information go to

www.greenwich.gov.uk

Home-made

Kent CC is backing a campaign to encourage locals to buy food and drink made in the county. Local

company, Produced in Kent, is exploring the possibility of selling local products through contracts with schools, hospitals and other public sector organisations. Consumers visiting the company's website will be able to find details of pubs and restaurants serving local food, farm shops, farmers markets.

For more information go to www.producedinkent.co.uk

Help at hand

Surrey CC has introduced an information service giving residents on-the-spot help with a range of council queries. The information points, where residents will be able to find out everything from how to apply for a school to how to report a damaged pothole, will be based at libraries and citizens advice bureaux. Residents will either get help from staff at the counter or be shown how to use the council's website.

For more information go to www.surrey.gov.uk

Gypsy heritage

Hampshire CC is setting up a website dedicated to the history and heritage of Gypsies. The Living Album project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to help Gypsies and travellers find information about their history and culture and to inform the wider community of the positive aspects of Gypsy life. The project will also provide information to schools.

For more information go to www.hants.gov.uk/rh/gypsy/index.html

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