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CAVS 29th March 2012
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Be Safer Project wins 2 National Awards

Publications Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services, CAVS has won two National Improvement and Efficiency Awards at the Church House, Westminster. The awards were won for partnership working and improvements in care for people with a learning disability across Essex. The project is an innovative approach to partnership working and was commissioned by Essex County Council in conjunction with Essex Police, Essex Safeguarding Adults Board and Community Safety.

The Be Safer Project focuses on the South, North, East and West of the County and has set up networks that operate to keep people with a learning disability safer and to facilitate giving people with a learning disability the opportunity to develop projects and services such as the Keep Safe project in Braintree and developed the Be Safer Essex website.

Within Essex the project has been praised as making a difference to services for people with learning disabilities but winning these awards gives the project vital national acclaim.

The Improvement and Efficiency Awards recognise the transformation in local public services for councils, police and fire authorities and those in the private and third sector supporting local services. The Awards ceremony not only celebrates the results of local government’s improvement and efficiency, it is also the place to learn about the latest and the best in local government transformation.

The categories were:

  • Working Together
    This award was presented to the authority, department or project that has instigated the most impressive programme of shared working with other public sector organisations, local authorities, local businesses or national organisations.

  • Transformation in Social Care
    This award was presented for the project, department or partnership showing the most progress in developing care markets and services in the last year

Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services were the only charity at the event which had received a nomination.

Kirsty O’Callaghan, CAVS CEO said “We are extremely honoured and pleased that this project has received recognition at a national level. Behind the success there is a small but dedicated staff team developing and maintaining relationships between partner organisations to continually develop and drive improvements in services for people with learning disabilities. Without the dedication of staff and partners the project would not have achieved the level of difference it has made to the lives of individuals and their families.”

More information about the awards can be found at: The iESE Improvement and Efficiency Awards 2012

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