Kiwis on a fact-finding mission

Upper Dicconson Sreet, Wigan - visit from New Zealand
Upper Dicconson Sreet, Wigan - visit from New Zealand

A GROUP of influential leaders from New Zealand chose to visit Wigan borough as part of the International Innovation Leadership Exchange.

There were eight topics for delegates to choose from, many hosted by Greater Manchester local authorities.

Wigan Council was chosen by national charity In Control Partnerships because it hosted the Personalisation Policy topic which centres on understanding individuals to provide services which are relevant and have a meaningful impact.

The group, which included key leaders from New Zealand’s Ministries of Social Development, Health and Education, spent two days in the borough learning about the council’s successful approach to the subject.

Council chief executive Donna Hall and senior council officers including director of adult social care Stuart Cowley spent time with the guests to explain the strategy before they had an opportunity to see it in action.

The guests visited some of the services supported by the council which residents are able to select as part of their Personal Budget. These included Higher Folds Community Centre, Sunshine House Community Hub, Food Positive, Empathy North West, My Life CIC as well as Embrace Wigan and Leigh.