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Work of the South West Equalities Network and how we can work to support each other

Work of the South West Equalities Network and how we can work to support each other

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  • Cities network. Maybe some in Wales & Scotland?
  • Regional programmes e.g. SWRIEP and also identifying learning needs with ESW to shape their training programmes. Working collaboratively in the region does cut down on resources and therefore saves public money – fewer people ‘reinventing the wheel’, less need to travel to London for conferences; reduces need for costly development/training. Meercats looking out for predators – one of us spots something, we can share that with the others!
  • Events: e.g. joint event to look at Frameworks?
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    • 1. South West Equality Network Jo Hooper Devon County Council
    • 2. How we work together
      • The only active regional network for local government equality officers?
      • Been around for about 10 years.
      • Quarterly meetings.
      • Online networking via Communities of Practice (LGID – Local Government Improvement and Development formerly ID&eA ).
      • Supported by South West Councils.
      • Strong working relationships with LGID and Equality South West.
    • 3. Networking is important Large rural area Many working in isolation Share best practice & knowledge Give things a SW context Easier to contact Can’t get to London easily! Help shape regional programmes Support each-other Guide people new to the role Spot new developments
    • 4. What have we done ….to make us feel proud?
    • 5.
      • Helped design and deliver SWREIP equality programme aimed at getting the 41 SW councils to ‘Achieving’ level of the Equality Framework for Local Government. From a baseline of 3 in 2008, 18 councils reached Achieving by 2010.
      • “ The programme got off the ground quickly, with a lot of support committed early on in the programme. Some of the approaches taken were innovative and the authorities involved were highly motivated .”
      • Share policies, fact-sheets, strategies etc for others to use/adapt.
    • 6.
      • Share/discuss response to government consultations .
      • Events to improve knowledge including workshops about EFLG, impact assessment, equality data, SWEN annual conference 2010 on ‘Efficiency + Equality = Excellence’ learning from London case-studies.
      • Many contributed to LGID ‘Smarter EqIAs’ case studies which identified best practice around impact assessing service cuts.
    • 7. Members hip
      • Limited to:
      • SW Local Authority officer with equality remit.
      • 1 seat for a police, a fire and a health rep who can link to their regional equality networks. Partnership working is also in place at county level in many areas.
      • Equality South West & SW Councils.
      • Enquiries about joining (or running a workshop/event with us) to Rosie Denham at SW Councils: [email_address]
      • If you wish to promote events or information to us, please do this via Equality South West newsletter because members subscribe to this.