Our (Greater) Manchester

Half term week so had a couple of days off mainly to spend time with granddaughter and enjoying trips out to Delamere Forest and Quarry Bank Mill. That still left three and a bit days in the office and I'm going to pick something from today and something from the beginning of the week for this post.

Monday started with a short trip from home to the Co-operative Academy in Higher Blackley for an Our Manchester workshop. The roll out of the Our Manchester approach has three main strands. The first concerns the principles we have adopted and the behaviours we expect from all our staff and all the partners who have signed up for the approach. The second is applying the approach to the massive reform of Health and Social Care. 


The third is piloting a neighbourhood based approach starting in three different parts of the city, one of which is Higher Blackley. Local Councillors, Council officers, staff from partner organisations and members of local community groups came together for a half day workshop as the start of exploring how we can deliver services differently, in a more integrated way, and one that is more responsive to local aspirations.


The Combined Authority meets today in Salford and after the meeting will be launching the revised Greater Manchester Strategy. This has been developed over the past twelve months in an inclusive way, very similar to the way we put the Our Manchester strategy together, but also demonstrates the benefits of the devolution deals that Greater Manchester has achieved. Taking employment as a key example, we increasingly have the ability to combine health, skills, employment services, family support and so on, to help people get into and stay in work. It also demonstrates that devolution has to go further still if we want to fully achieve our objectives.