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Leaders Blog - September 2018

It was back down to business this week for the council’s executive board following the summer break

It was back down to business this week for the council’s executive board following the summer break. We met on Monday, which was ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’, and coincidentally mental health care for the borough’s adults was among the items on our agenda.

Together with our NHS partners, the council has been encouraging people to think about others – family, friends, even complete strangers – who might need a bit of support. Simply by asking someone how they are and listening without judgement can change the course of their life. You can find information about local mental health support services on Warrington’s own mental health awareness site, happyoksad.org.uk

On the subject of adult social care in general, the council is supporting a major national consultation launched by the Local Government Association (LGA). This government and the previous coalition have presided over a situation where there has been no strategic approach taken to providing for the most vulnerable people in our society. The LGA reckons that by 2025 adult social care services in England and Wales will be under-funded by three and a half billion pounds – every year. 

Those involved in providing adult social care in Warrington – council staff and other public, private and third sector organisations, and a legion of unpaid carers – are doing an outstanding job, but the system is past the tipping point. With each year that passes more and more people are unable to receive good, reliable care, such as help with getting washed and dressed.

So whoever you are, whatever your age, this is your chance to have your say on an issue that affects all of us, directly or indirectly, now or in the future – just visit futureofadultsocialcare.co.uk

On a more positive note, last month’s GCSE results reflected another successful year for Warrington students with another increase in the number of them achieving a ‘strong pass’ in GCSE Maths and English. It reflects really well on our schools – teachers, assistants, parents and governors – who continue create such a positive teaching and learning environment.

Many young people will now be looking for guidance in relation to their next steps and that’s where the council can help. Our Careers for Young People service can be contacted on 01925 442211 or through the careersforyoungpeople.co.uk website, which even has a live webchat facility. The website also has details of a careers event taking place at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub on Thursday 20 September from 4pm-7, where young people will be able to speak with professionals and apply for opportunities including college courses, apprenticeships and employment vacancies.

We’ll continue working hard to make sure that our young people have a future in Warrington – a future with jobs, careers and affordable homes.

Finally I’d like to congratulate Warrington's physical disability rugby league team on their World Club Challenge success Down Under. After the disappointment of Wembley it was wonderful to see these athletes and ambassadors return home with the trophy.

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