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National praise for Swansea successes

Swansea has been recognised as one of the UK's leading councils for transforming some of its services.


Swansea Council was shortlisted for two prizes at the annual MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.

Several hundred guests from around the UK saw the authority saluted for its Sustainable Swansea initiative and Social Services Work Development Service. Only one other Welsh council made the shortlist.

Swansea narrowly missed out on the top prizes but the council gained high-profile recognition for its achievements on behalf of local residents.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "Getting recognised in these UK-wide awards is a huge achievement.

"Our staff and councillors can be proud that Swansea was on the national stage. Local authorities do exceptional work and we stand side-by-side with the very best.

"Teams across our council are achieving great things; we should continue to recognise and celebrate the innovative and valuable services we have in Swansea.

"Entering awards schemes such as this allows us to benchmark our best practice against contemporaries."

Swansea's shortlisted MJ Awards entries:

Sustainable Swansea - Category: Workforce Transformation  

Swansea is a city of innovation and enterprise as much in social justice as in business. This spirit of innovation, invention, and fairness is at the heart of the council's vision and reflected in its workforce transformation. 

The council is the city's largest employer with more than 11,500 staff. Most live in Swansea among the 240,000 residents who receive their council serves.

The council sees its employees as its biggest asset and is investing in them, engaging with them, teaching them and learning from them to create an adaptable, efficient, modern, sustainable council to serve residents now and in future.

The workforce is transforming and playing a vital part in revitalising and developing their city through the umbrella programme of Sustainable Swansea Fit for the Future.

This project aims to modernise the council and reshape services to meet the needs of residents while making planned and structured savings. It's not just doing what the council has always done better, or cheaper, but doing things differently with employees actively involved in developing the outcome and owning the solutions.

Social Services Work Development Service - Category: Excellence in Community Engagement

The council's work development service supports people to play an active role within the local communities transforming neighbourhoods by creating a cleaner, greener safer place for people to live.

The work they have completed has been the subject of weekly unsolicited congratulatory letters from members of the public who have been delighted with the results, requesting more teams like this be set up to meet the communities' needs.

The service has engaged with schools, PTA's, community councils and volunteering groups to work on a number of projects which have enabled it to positively promote the ethos of the service and the role it can play in a modern multi-cultural society. 

The work development service supports and enables people with a learning disability and/or mental health issues to develop work and vocational skills, increase independence and life skills, confidence and self-esteem with the aim of supporting people into employment, voluntary work or reduce dependence on formal social care services.  

Additionally the service recognises the importance of empowering individuals to make choices on the roles skills and abilities they wish to acquire which can be applied within a number of projects or work placements with local employers.


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