NORTH Lanarkshire Council is celebrating double success after scooping gold and special awards at the 2013 COSLA Excellence Awards ceremony.
The gold award in the One to Watch category was presented to the council's Housing and Social Work service for the delivery of a 'Dementia Demonstrator Site'. Launched in 2011, it aims to deliver better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers through a range of support, care and treatment.
And the council had more reason to celebrate when, jointly with Angus Council; Learning and Leisure services received a special award for their 'On Track with Learning' programme in the Service Innovation and Improvement category.
The dementia project has recognised that people living with the condition can often become socially isolated, and has worked to support people within their community to boost not only their health, but their social inclusion.
This approach is making a real difference to the lives of people affected by dementia, makes their life easier and has led to Motherwell becoming Scotland's first dementia friendly town.
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Joe McElholm, Manager of the council's Older Adults Services, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised with such a prestigious award.
"The Dementia Demonstrator site shows how much can be achieved when we work with partners in the NHS, the voluntary sector and in this case local town centre businesses.
"Motherwell is the first dementia capable town centre and a fantastic example of an innovative idea which has strengthened a community by making it inclusive and accessible for those people living with dementia."
Meanwhile, education officers from North Lanarkshire and Angus Councils efforts to develop a shared vision to implement the new curriculum for excellence were also recognised.
A small team of officers worked together to develop 'On Track with Learning (OTWL)'. This highly innovative web-based tool enables staff to plan, track and profile individual pupil learning and achievement within the new curriculum for pupils aged 3-15 - this is known as the Broad General Education phase.
Councillor Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services, said: "We are really pleased with this award.
"We aim to continue to innovate, and through time, this will support schools to raise individual pupil attainment and meet learning needs more fully.
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