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Strategic Partnership Mid Year Review

Published: 11/12/2014

A mid year assessment of strategic partnership working across the county will be discussed at Flintshire County Councils Cabinet on Tuesday 16 December. The Flintshire Local Service Board consists of leaders from a number of public and voluntary organisations, including Flintshire County Council, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales Police and Welsh Government. The LSB is also supported by a number of strategic partnerships, including the People are Safe board and the Health, Well-being and Independence Board. The LSB works to four priorities, which are: Lead by example as employers and community leaders People are safe People enjoy good health, wellbeing and independence Organisational environmental practices. Cabinet members will discuss a mid year assessment of these four priorities. Among the highlights so far this year have been: · Partnership working to increase the number of apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience opportunities across the County. Eleven local self-employed businesses have been supported through the county’s Dragons’ Den events. The development of the Young Entrepreneur Programme with the Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network has also been supported. One indicator of the projects’ success has been a reduction in the percentage of 18 to 24 year olds claiming Jobseekers Allowance (from 5.7% in Summer 2013 to 3.6% in September 2014). · A multi-agency approach has led to more people feeling confident to report domestic abuse and sexual violence offences to North Wales Police. The Council recently became the first local authority in North Wales to receive White Ribbon accreditation, for its work undertaken to tackle domestic abuse. · Successful partnership working with Citizens’ Advice Bureau to provide personal budgeting support. · The expansion of Flying Start in the county. Flying Start is the Welsh Government’s flagship programme that works with families to improve the life chances of children in some of Wales’ most disadvantaged communities. In Flintshire, it is administered by the County Council in partnership with the health board. The expanded programme has increased the delivery to Queensferry, Mancot and Connah’s Quay’s Golftyn ward. Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said: “It is very pleasing to note the excellent work that takes place across the County through the public, private and voluntary sectors working together. This successful partnership approach benefits our local community and we look forward to its continuing success.”