Barnsley Council join pioneering network.

Barnsley is one of twenty councils asked to join a new collaborative network to support local government innovators across England and Wales.

Nesta and their partner Collaborate CIC have formed the ‘Upstream Collaborative’ to learn, share, and accelerate new ways of working being pioneered by councils, that tackle the underlying causes of social problems.

The ‘Upstream Collaborative’ will allow councils to share ideas, best practice and skills to help change lives in the UK for the better.

The councils chosen have been identified as leading the way in shifting culture and practice in local government, building new relationships with communities and residents, and reforming public services.

Barnsley Council was identified for the work delivered through Area Council and Ward Alliance model; working with communities to address local priorities, isolation, and volunteering; building strong and resilient communities.

Jenni Lloyd, Senior Programme Manager for Nesta, said:

“We have seen how councils and communities can be sources of creativity and innovation despite the challenging backdrop of austerity. The Upstream Collaborative will highlight, connect and support the game-changing work that local government is doing to recraft its role, with citizens at the heart. By collaborating with pioneering councils in this way, we believe we can nurture a movement which will change how people think about what local government can achieve.”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “We are delighted to be included in this work, and given the opportunity to share our learning and successes. We continue to support our communities by working together, looking after each other and offering early help where needed. Sharing this learning across local government allows us to continue to build a Barnsley that puts people at the heart of its communities.”

You can find out more information about the programme here:

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About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For Nesta, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better.
Nesta uses its expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society. They've spent over 20 years working out the best ways to make change happen through research and experimenting, and applied that to their work in innovation policy, health, education, government innovation and the creative economy and arts.
Nesta is based in the UK and supported by a financial endowment. It work with partners around the globe to bring bold ideas to life to change the world for good.

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