ADEPT President, Nigel Riglar and the Immediate Past President, Darryl Eyers, would like to invite you to enter the annual President's Awards. The President’s Awards are a highlight of our year, allowing us to acknowledge the work of ADEPT members and partners across the country. Due to Covid-19 guidance preventing us from holding the annual awards dinner last year, all award entries will now be judged as part of the 2021 awards. Entrance remains open for anyone who would like to submit a project.
Obviously Covid-19 has impacted hugely on delivery of services in all our communities. How did your council respond to the challenges of Covid-19 in relation to clean growth, digital innovation and building places around people? Are your learnings from the pandemic leading to new ways of doing things post-Covid? We would be fascinated to see entries relating to projects that have been instigated as a result of the changes initiated by the crisis, innovative ways of working that have benefited communities and existing projects that have been re-worked to take the challenges of the pandemic into account. Whether it relates to air quality and zero carbon, new and exciting digital ways of working or improving outcomes for residents and communities we would love to see what our members have achieved since 2019.
In previous years we have seen a very high standard of entries and we are excited to see what will be submitted for the 2021 awards.
This year's categories are:
Category 1: Delivering clean growth (sponsored by WSP)
Councils have a major role to play in the growth agenda, both as a business themselves, but also in their role as promoters of economic growth in their areas and in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). This award is intended to highlight where those councils have gone beyond traditional roles to promote Clean Growth, in line with the Government’s strategies on Clean Growth, Road to Zero and Clean Air. This can relate to delivery of services and infrastructure – housing, transport, waste, economic development, planning and growth or how it operates as a business – estate improvements, staff policies, commissioning and procurement, fleet.
Category 2: Digital innovation/technology (sponsored by Ringway)
ADEPT, its partners and central government have a shared ambition to create SMART Places, where digital innovation and innovative approaches are adopted to shape places that are sustainable, resilient, accessible, and promote well-being. Adopting SMART approaches has the potential to be a game changer to the delivery of strategic outcomes and, at the same time improving efficiency and effectiveness whilst reducing costs across the public sector.
Category 3: Shaping places for people (sponsored by Atkins)
The wider determinants of health are the social, economic and environmental conditions in which people live. This award is to celebrate collaboration in the delivery of programmes and services that improve outcomes for people across the preventative health and social care agendas. Led by place services, projects can include green spaces, leisure, fitness and active travel, strategic planning and healthy (warm) housing. Entries will be judged on the innovation of their submission, the extent of collaboration and a whole systems approach with other services, local authorities, partners and contractors. Also, the extent to which projects have improved the outcomes for residents and communities, and for health and care services.
The deadline for entries is Friday 23 April. Good luck!
More information on the Spring Conference and Awards event can be found here.