A year of Sundays

In this blog LGIU’s Kim Fellows explores the cycle of emotions associated with enduring a year during the pandemic, from the sadness of seeing grandchildren grow up through a window, to worry over the future of the country and inequality of impacts, to hope at the resilience of communities.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Cork City Council’s Social distancing park ranger programme: winner of the Chambers Ireland Community Engagement award

Realising the implications of the restrictive measures announced for lockdown, Cork City Council’s Covid-19 Response Team made an immediate decision to ensure its parks and amenities continued to remain open for public use. A park ranger programme ensured the general public could enjoy parks in a safe manner while promoting social distancing among users.

Ireland Blog Post

What day is it again? Covid one year on

LGIU’s Alice Creasy provides a personal reflection of the past year of the pandemic, emphasising the transition from the initial appreciation of the opportunities of home working and the slow life to how the mental health impacts of lockdown and winter crept up.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

Building skills for net zero

Lauren Pennycook, Senior Policy and Government Relations Advisor for Scotland’s Construction Industry Training Board, talks us through Scotland’s new commitment to net zero by 2045. What changes and training will we need to see in the workforce and what will be local government’s role?

Scotland Blog Post

In Conversation with… Jacqueline Cassidy, Place2Be

LGIU’s Alice Creasy talks to Jacqueline Cassidy, Director of Place2Be for Scotland and Wales. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years of experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

In the eye of the storm

Jonathan Silver is the Head of Clinical Engineering at a major London teaching hospital trust. These are extracts from a personal account he has been writing of his experiences in an intensive care unit throughout the pandemic.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

You are on mute

Local government has been a key partner of both the NHS and central government in tackling the pandemic, reflects Alan Waters, Leader of Norwich City Council. He looks back on a tumultuous  year and considers the direction that post-Covid recovery might take.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

Canada Bay Connects

One year on from when COVID-19 first hit, the City of Canada Bay takes us through some of the ways they adapted to the pandemic to maintain access to community services and keep citizens connected and supported through the last 12 challenging months.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

Keeping rough sleepers safe during the pandemic

A year ago the government ordered ‘Everyone in’ and accommodation had to be found for all rough sleepers. Aline Clayson, Rough Sleeping Navigator at Southend on Sea Borough Council takes up the story for us.

England & Wales, Global