Council’s double success at awards

SUCCESS . . . representatives of NLC's housing and social work service receive their award.
SUCCESS . . . representatives of NLC's housing and social work service receive their award.
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NORTH Lanarkshire Council is celebrating after scooping awards at the recent COSLA Excellence Awards.

The authority’s housing and social work service received a gold award in the One to Watch category for the delivery of a ‘Dementia Demonstrator Site’.

Launched in 2011, it aims to deliver better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers through a range of support, care and treatment.

Joe McElholm, manager of the council’s Older Adults Services, said: “The Dementia Demonstrator site shows how much can be achieved when we work with partners in the NHS, the voluntary sector and in this case local town centre businesses. “Motherwell is the first dementia-capable town centre and a fantastic example of an innovative idea which has strengthened a community by making it inclusive and accessible for those people living with dementia.”

And the council had more reason to celebrate when, jointly with Angus Council, North Lanarkshire’s learning and leisure services received a special award for their ‘On Track with Learning’ programme in the Service Innovation and Improvement category.

A small team of education officers worked together to develop an innovative web-based tool which enables staff to plan, track and profile individual pupil learning and achievement within the new curriculum for pupils aged three to 15.

In addition to North Lanarkshire and Angus, a further eight local authorities are currently piloting the tool in their schools.

It is currently being integrated into the national management information system for schools (SEEMIS) which is used by 28 of the 32 local authorities in Scotland.

Once this work is completed, the tool will become available for use by all 28 local authorities in August this year.

Councillor Jim Logue, convener of learning and leisure services, said: “We aim to continue to innovate and through time this will support schools to raise individual pupil attainment and meet learning needs more fully.”