Barnsley Council shortlisted for Council of the Year and Health and Social Care award

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for two Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

The LGC Awards celebrate excellence in local government and recognise the most exceptional talent, dedication, and innovation across the local government workforce.

We’ve been shortlisted in the following categories:

Council of the Year

The biggest celebration of excellence in local government, the LGC’s Council of the Year sponsored by Zurich Municipal, recognises the council with the most learning and inspiration, demonstrating strong and sustained performance, innovation and excellent leadership. 

Health and Social Care

The Barnsley Older People Physical Activity Alliance (BOPPAA) has been shortlisted for the Health and Social Care Award, sponsored by Attenti consulting. We commissioned BOPPAA to develop a coordinated approach to improve strength and balance, emotional wellbeing and resilience of older people in Barnsley. The activities supported health and social care, included Falls Management and Exercise (FaME) classes, Sporting Memories, Tai Chi, Pilates, Nordic walking, boxercise and walking sports.

The project led by Age UK Barnsley and involved the NHS, private and third sector organisations, increased the number of physical activity sessions by 40% from April to September 2022.

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “It’s fantastic to be shortlisted for Council of the Year and Health and Social Care against other leading local government authorities. 

“Our submissions highlight we’re bucking the trends and delivering big ambitions to improve our borough for residents, communities and businesses. We’ve had to be brave and innovative to enable Barnsley to be the place of possibilities that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be. 

“Our journey has been hard-earned; we’ve reinvented and found new economic purpose that makes us stand out from the rest. From our award-winning town centre redevelopment to nationally recognised accessible museums, outstanding 0-19 Public Health Nursing Services and dedicated support for our communities, residents and businesses. 

“And that’s not all. We truly believe it's time to believe in the possibilities of Barnsley, and to look to the future with excitement and optimism."  

Sarah Norman, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council, said: “I’m incredibly proud of this achievement, it provides the recognition that our employees deserve and shows just how far we’ve come in making Barnsley the place of possibilities.  

“I would like to say a personal thanks to each and every one of our employees for working incredibly hard in providing excellent services to our communities and playing their part in making this incredible achievement possible.  

“Congratulations and good luck to everyone shortlisted.” 

The winners will be announced at the LGC Awards ceremony on Thursday 8 June 2023. 

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