North Yorkshire CC has made a DVD to highlight the skills and abilities of adults with learning disabilities. The DVD, by the council's supported employment unit, encourages both employers and those with learning disabilities to explore job opportunities. At present there are 170 people with learning disabilities in supported employment throughout the county. One of the stories told on the film is of a young man, who has worked at Middlesbrough FC for the last 10 years.
The domestic violence unit at Leicestershire CC, in conjunction with local districts, women's aid and the probation service, have produced a guide to help individuals who want to curb their abusive behaviour in the home. The guide, called Loving without abuse, is aimed at people who would like to get help and tells them how to recognise what constitutes abusive behaviour.
To download a copy go to www.leics.gov.uk/loving_without_abuse.pdf
North Somerset Council is hoping to develop better services for young people who self harm. It organised a conference at a local school last month where people who work with those who self harm - estimated at one in 12 young people - were able to discuss what services are available and develop an action plan to improve care for young people, their parents and carers and professionals. The conference included a performance by children.
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Liverpool City Council is promoting the 'Green Gym' - a scheme which encourages residents to get fit and healthy and also helps the borough. People are asked to help with weeding, planting and tidying in a city park.
For more information go to www.liverpool.gov.uk
Young people in Leeds aged between nine and 17 who cannot access the arts or are at risk of exclusion from school, are being given the chance to take part in performances blending theatre, visual arts, dance, film and music. The summer project has space for 125 children and is being run by Leeds City Council, the Northern Ballet Theatre, Opera North, Phoenix Dance, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance.
For more information call Leeds' arts and regeneration unit on 0113 247 5948.