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KIDS launches resources designed to support families with disabled children using personal budgets

Wednesday February 13 2013

OPM has supported disabled children’s charity KIDS in the creation of a free suite of resources that support the families and carers of disabled children in using personal budgets. The resources, released yesterday, form part of the Department for Education sponsored ‘Making it Personal’ initiative. OPM worked alongside KIDS, Disability Rights UK, In Control, NAFIS and the Daycare Trust… Read More

OPM ‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now

Tuesday February 12 2013

‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now from OPM on Vimeo. Whilst local government is highly adaptable, the pace of economic and legislative changes and the scale of challenges councils now face mean things must be done differently. Our Toolkit for Change ‘challenge and creativity’ workshops are specially designed to teach council managers the skills required to meet the… Read More

Police commissioners need to change, and councils can show them how

Thursday February 7 2013

Last week Alan Travis, the Guardian’s home affairs editor, was scathing about the recent elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs). His article quoted an Electoral Reform Society (ERS) report stating that the elections failed both candidates and voters: “Voters were left in the dark about who they could vote for, while candidates were kept away by huge deposits,… Read More

Comment

Public deliberation in the dock: reflections of a juror

Friday March 6 2015

It was not without a hint of anxiety that I arrived at my local crown court in mid-February having received a stern looking summons two months before requesting my appearance in court. It was my time to carry out the civic duty of sitting for two weeks as a juror. And certainly there was a… Read More

Top tips for transitioning to employee ownership from Inspire EO 2015

Friday February 13 2015

I’m Harjap Roopray, part of OPM Group’s ICT team. I’m also an elected Trustee on the Group’s Employee Shared Ownership Trust (ESOT), which means I act as a critical friend to the board of directors, keeping them updated on staff views on a range of issues. Earlier this month I attended Inspire EO, an event… Read More

Youth volunteers can breathe new life into Britain’s public libraries

Friday February 6 2015

National Libraries Day on Saturday is the perfect opportunity to recognise the role of young volunteers in shaping the modern library service The long summer holidays are nearly over and in a seaside town in Lancashire, a small branch library is preparing for an event to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge. Families… Read More