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Influential leaders from New Zealand visit Wigan Borough
Wednesday 18th June, 2014

Influential leaders from New Zealand visit Wigan Borough
Influential leaders from New Zealand visit Wigan Borough

A group of influential leaders from New Zealand chose to visit Wigan Borough as part of the International Innovation Leadership Exchange which was recently held in Manchester.

There were eight topics for delegates to choose from, many hosted by local authorities which were selected by the organisation chosen to host that particular topic. Wigan Council was chosen by national charity In Control Partnerships which hosted the Personalisation Policy topic. This centres on understanding individuals to provide services which are relevant and have a meaningful impact.

The council was singled out for its innovative approach which the charity believed the international visitors could gain a great deal from observing in action. The visit was facilitated by Community Catalysts CIC working in partnership with In Control and Wigan Council.

The group which included key leaders from New Zealand’s Ministries of Social Development, Health and Education spent two days in Wigan Borough learning about the council’s approach which has successfully delivered results across the borough over the last 12 months.

Council chief executive Donna Hall along with a number of senior officers at the council including the director of adult social care Stuart Cowley spent time with the guests to explain the strategy before they had an opportunity to see it in action.

The guests visited some of the services supported by the council which residents are able to select as part of their Personal Budget. These included Higherfolds Community Centre, Sunshine House Community Hub, Food Positive, Empathy North West, My Life CIC as well as Embrace Wigan and Leigh.

Donna Hall, chief executive at Wigan Council, said: “We were delighted to be chosen to host the topic of Personalisation Policy for such a prestigious conference. To be selected is further recognition of the innovative work we’ve undertaken. It was wonderful to meet the guests from New Zealand and hear about their experiences.”

After spending two days in Wigan Borough the group from New Zealand joined delegates from across the globe at the main conference at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United where they had the opportunity to share their experiences.

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