Best Practice

  • A transformative approach to fostering

    By Julie Kelly | May 20, 2024

    To coincide with Foster Care Fortnight Hillingdon LBC has launched an unrivalled payment and benefits package for foster carers, says Julie Kelly.

  • Active ever after

    By Lisa McNally | May 21, 2024

    Reducing inequalities in activity requires a shift in service aims, engagement and consultation, and the integration of physical movement with local community life, says Lisa McNally.

  • Polo puts Hammersmith & Fulham on the world stage

    By Sharon Lea | May 13, 2024

    Sharon Lea hopes Hammersmith & Fulham’s long-standing Polo in the Park provides a blueprint for how major events can create long-term revenue streams that benefit residents.

  • Brent’s big turnaround

    By Kim Wright | May 7, 2024

    Brent has one of London’s highest poverty rates. Kim Wright illustrates how the council is working in partnership with several pilot initiatives to support residents hit by the cost of living crisis.


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