Weekly message from Wayne Chandai, Director of Communications

Hope everyone was able to enjoy some of the good weather over the weekend.

The response from local government to the crisis has been immense, there are clearly more hurdles and challenges ahead but it is important that we learn from our response to the crisis; to understand what impact we have had, what worked and what didn’t and what we can take forward. Many will still be focusing on delivering virtual meetings, it is great to see so many different examples and the success you are all having. My authority has held three virtual meetings and have learnt huge amounts every step of the way and lots we feel we can take forward. Thank you to all those that use the forum, we have found it a great source of knowledge and help. Don’t forget please send any case studies about your virtual meetings including Education Appeals to John Lynch john.lynch@adso.co.uk we already have a few on the website, please take a look.

I am one of the few that is going into the office on a daily basis, mainly due to my temp role with the Council’s Emergency Food Hub. It is a very strange place, desks are starting to be removed lots of signage saying to stay apart and other measures are being introduce to support social distancing in the work place. I have also noticed that some of the pavements in London have been permanently widened. This week i am sure we will see roads and travel systems busier as the restrictions are eased. Stay Safe.

We now have 40 members who work for organisations other than local councils and have created a “virtual” region for these authorities. We see this as a really positive step, not only to improve the services we provide to members in the new region but also to increase other members’ knowledge of the role and functions of combined authorities, fire and rescue and travel authorities. We haven’t come up with a snappy title for the new region yet but we are thinking about it. Answers on a postcard please to John Austin john.austin@adso.co.uk

Have a great week and hope the tidal wave of emails that everyone seems to be receiving is smaller!

Wayne

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