place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
RIVERSIDE INN TARGETED BY VANDALS
Police in Ross are appealing for witnesses who may have
seen a large stone being thrown through the front window
of a public house in the town.
incident happened at 4.15pm on Thursday 8th October 2009
when a black vehicle, possibly bearing the part-registration
'HJ……' pulled up outside the Riverside Inn in Wye Street.
The vehicle contained at least two males. One of the males,
dressed in a hooded top, got out of the vehicle and threw
a large stone at a 10" x 18" front window, causing it to
smash. The male then got back into the car, which drove
off down Wye Street.
would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident or has
information about it. Information should be passed to PC
Chris Smith at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or to
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A GREAT EVENING WITH KRUNCH
Local band KRUNCH were on top form on Saturday evening as
they treated a good audience to a great performance of classic
covers ranging from Sandy Shaw to the Sex Pistols. Their
versatile set includes the music of the Rolling Stones,
The Kinks, Dire Straits, Sandy Shaw, Bob Dylan, Thin Lizzie.
. . and soon, Paul Randell.
has written many great songs, which sadly took a back seat
whilst the present line up were getting a set together.
After many successful gigs and building up a following the
band are now ready to reintroduce some of these compositions
and we shall hopefully be dancing to them again in the very
always give a great performance and if you like to dance,
they have to be one of the best bands to go and see. You'll
probably find yourself saying, 'I'll just have a quick drink
..., well maybe after this song!' I always do.
wrote that. I never dance! Alan :-)
KRUNCH gave a great performance on Saturday evening.
are a great band to dance to.
ROSS-IN-BLOOM AWARDS 2009
Ross-in-Bloom held their Annual Presentation Evening at
the Phoenix Theatre on 4th October and over 60 invitees
attended, who included major prizewinners and the supporters
of the 2009 competition. This year there were 150 entries
in the main competitions plus nearly 80 awards for Community
prizes were presented by Heart of England in Bloom judge,
Angela Pendleton, who had visited the town in the summer
to judge the Neighbourhood entries.
awards were presented as follows:
Overall Winner: Adam Middlecote; Private Front Gardens -
Safeways Cup, Vicki Tingle of 4, Three Crosses Road; Round
Table Cup - Jules King of 3, Foxglove Close; Premier Plants
Cup - Malcolm Powell of 1, Nursery Road; Golf Club Cup -
Mr and Mrs Davies of 1, Lakeside Drive; Hotel & Caterers
Cup - Jean and John Jenkins of 24, Tudor Rise; Midland Bank
Cup - Jean Mullan of Stoney Stile, Chase View Road; Ross-in-Bloom
Cup - Lyn Tomlinson of 4, Greytree Rise; Shawcross Cup -
Angie Lukas of Berwyn, Hildersley.
following were also awarded prizes but were unable to attend
and will be able to collect their awards from the Heritage
Centre: Pauline de Palma Cup - Mr Perks of 23, Cottage Park;
Jacqui Danter Cup - Mrs M. Harrold of 10, Beechwood; Alan
Blomfield of 1, Danum Road; Margaret Lucas Cup - Dee Preece
of 21, The Crofts: Suzanne Scotford of 75, Tudor Rise and
Mrs Wheeler of 10, Parsons Croft received awards for the
best baskets, planters and containers. From all of the above
Front Gardens and Containers Awards, Angie Lukas received
the Wyevale Cup for the Best Overall Front Garden Displays.
Best Traders window Award, the Leadership Trust Trophy went
to Likes and the Mary Sinclair Powell Award for the Best
Charity Window went to Oxfam.
The Commercial, Hotel and Guest House Categories winners
were: Barclays Bank Shield - The Chase Hotel; Mary Dew Spoon
- The White House; Lloyds Bank Shield - Growmaster Hydroponics.
The King Charles II won the Jennings Salver for the Best
Secret Garden, Nursery Road won the H. E. Phillips Award
for the Best Street and Ross Court received the David Christopher
Award for Conservation for their new Woodland Walk.
the retired categories, the Lyn Tomlinson Award for the
best Retired Front Garden was awarded to Jan Layton of 58
Goodrich Court (despite the theft of her hanging baskets)
and the Mark Dew Shield for the Best Retired Community was
awarded to Merton House. All award winners were also presented
with a certificate by the Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom, Margaret
the evening the Carnival Princess, Phoebe Sleeman and Anne
Gray, organizer of the Princess Competition, were presented
with three new capes for the princess and her attendants
to wear on the Carnival floats in the summer and at Christmas.
Sue Holland of Ross-in-Bloom had made these capes in Red
and Gold velvet material as a gift from Ross-in-Bloom to
the Princess. The evening ended with the surprise presentation
of the Jo Ashman Community Award to Sue Parker. She has
worked very hard for the town during the past years with
no expectation of rewards, Ross-in-Bloom were delighted
to show their appreciation this year for all she does for
the town and for Ross-in-Bloom, as well as other charities
bouquets of flowers from Designer Flowers were presented
to Angela Pendleton, Sue Holland and Margaret Lucas. Wine
and chocolates (from Sweetest
Memories) were also presented as a huge thank you for
all the help and sponsorship given this year to Alison and
Glyn Stephenson and their staff at Ross
Wood of Wyenot received very special thanks for all he does
for Ross-in-Bloom as well as promoting the town on his website
for little or no reward. The photographs of the evening
can be seen on Wyenot.com and ordered direct from Alan.
was also a small presentation of thanks to Mary Sinclair
Powell who is stepping down from the judging and events
this year after 12 years on the front line.
HELP FOR PARENTS IS AT HAND
Nobody said that being a parent is easy. Having to balance
work, the school run, keeping everybody happy and healthy,
making sure the kids do their homework, monitoring their
development and managing budgets during recession is difficult
enough but parents often have to cope with challenging behaviour
too. As society has changed, the support and advice passed
down through extended families and generations hasn't always
there for everyone. However, Herefordshire Council have
now set up a new service and hundreds of parents across
the county will be able to receive one-to-one or group support
from a new team of fully qualified and experienced staff.
new service, Herefordshire Parents Matter, will be launched
during national parenting week which runs from 19th to 25th
October and has been developed and funded by the government
in a drive to support parents across the UK. Herefordshire
Council's new team will provide parents with information
on how they can promote their child's development and deal
with commonly encountered behaviour issues, many of which
are part of normal development but worrying to parents nevertheless.
and one-to-one programmes will be up and running from January
2010 in a number of venues across Herefordshire although
support can also be offered in family homes. The programmes
will be delivered through an approach known as Triple P
which covers a range of subjects including; improving child
and parent relationships, child development, dealing with
poor self-esteem, techniques to use when things go wrong,
boundary setting and routines. Dates and venues will be
published on the council's web site. Parents can also email
firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
the meantime, the team of parent support advisers will be
out and about during national parenting week, handing out
flyers and freebies and gathering contact details from parents
who would like to get involved. They will be in Leominster
and Ledbury on 19th October, in Hereford City centre on
20th October and Ross-on-Wye and Bromyard on 21st October.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
' "We are delighted to be able to offer this new service
which is about helping all parents across the county. It's
an approach which aims to provide information and support
for parents and help them deal with concerns before they
become problems, which may affect the child or young person's
a parent in the 21st century is by no means easy, and the
launch of this new service should provide some much needed,
additional support for Herefordshire parents and carers.'
JESSE CONGRATULATES CERTAINLY WOOD ON ECO-FRIENDLY GROWTH
Conservative parliamentary candidate, Jesse Norman has congratulated
local firewood producers Certainly Wood on another year
of rapid, eco-friendly growth. Jesse visited Certainly Wood
last week and was taken around the company by George Snell,
the Managing Director.
from thinning forests is a sustainable, carbon-neutral source
of energy and Certainly Wood has grown rapidly to meet increased
consumer demand. Having been set up some four years ago,
it is now the largest supplier of kiln-dried firewood in
the UK. The company recently doubled its kiln-drying capacity,
using a new sealed-system technology fed by wood waste.
after the visit, Jesse said, 'In the depths of recession
it is great to see another Herefordshire company growing
fast and beating the odds. Especially when, like Certainly
Wood, it is promoting sustainable, carbon-neutral alternatives
to fossil fuels. There is so much talent in this county.
We need to nurture it and help it to flourish.
future lies in a diverse, sustainable and modern economic
base for the 21st century, not the retail sheds and heavy
industry of the West Midlands.'
with George Snell, Managing Director of Certainly Wood.
The AGM of Ross-in-Bloom was held on Sunday, 4th October,
during which Treasurer, Jackie Bedford announced a very
healthy bank balance of over £2,000. However, this
would soon diminish when the Pigs Alley project started
in mid-October as the anti graffiti paint costs nearly £500
per tin and 3 tins were needed to start the project off.
The committee hoped that funds could be raised to continue
with the project next year and were grateful to the traders
who had donated the equipment needed.
was given to the hard work carried out by everyone who had
worked with Ross-in-Bloom this year. There had been a lot
of volunteers who had come forward to take part in the Pigs
Alley project. Ross
Garden Store were major sponsors of Ross-in-Bloom this
year and helped in so many ways; too many to mention them
all but included prizes for the Children's Competition winners
in each age group, vouchers for money off for all entrants
in the local judging, support for the schools, donations
of flowers for judging day when the Floral Society decorated
the Royal Hotel and general all round support for the local
competitions and events. Ross-in-Bloom are very grateful
for all their help, especially as this year's judging would
not have been able to take place without them.
are always so many people to thank on such an occasion,
which carries the risk of missing somebody out, but special
mentions were made of the following: The Royal Hotel for
hosting the Heart of England Judges and the display banners;
Memories for gifts; Designer Flowers for beautiful button
holes; The Floral Society for lovely floral displays; Ross
Photographic Society for being the official photographers
of the gardens this year (it is hoped that some of their
photographs will be on display in the Heritage Centre in
May); Ross Town Council, the Police and the Mayor and Mayoress
for their support with the Pigs Alley Project; Richard Mayo
and ART who are working with Ross-in-Bloom to put Ross back
on the map; Colemans for printing and other stationery needs;
Wyenot.com and Alan Wood for publicity; Steve Turner for
delivering all of the certificates by hand around the town.
Nearly 80 certificates of Community Spirit had been awarded
this year with 26 other awards for gardens etc.
following officers were re-elected for the coming year:
Chairman - Margaret Lucas; Vice Chairman and PR - Lyn Tomlinson;
Treasurer - Jacky Bedford; Minutes Secretary - Sue Parker;
Retired co-ordinator - Peggy Luker; Neighbourhood Representative
- Jan Layton; Child and Community Groups representative
- Jules King; Sponsors representative and Schools Liaison
representative - Alison Stephenson. Herefordshire and Wye
Valley in Bloom representatives - Mary Sinclair Powell,
Margaret Lucas and Lyn Tomlinson.
always need more volunteers, so if you have time to spare
along with a specialist activity, skill etc. or if you can
volunteer for some work later in the year, please contact
Margaret Lucas. Ross-in-Bloom have a particular need for
3 or 4 people to take over the local judging and events.
For the past 12 years these have been done by Mary Sinclair
Powell, who has decided the time has come to step down.
Mary will still sit on the general committee and represent
Ross-in-Bloom in the county. She will also lend a hand for
the Heart of England Judging. However, she will not longer
be involved in the day to day local judging and fund raising
events but is very willing to help anyone who takes over
to ease into the posts. Volunteers for this post can again
contact Margaret Lucas at Lucas
this announcement, Margaret thanked Mary for all her hard
work over the years and presented her with a card which
was signed by everybody involved with Ross-in-Bloom.
NEW BODY SET UP TO CHAMPION TRADITIONAL LOCAL MARKETS
An announcement made this week that government is to set
up a new body to champion the interests of traditional local
markets has been welcomed by Herefordshire Council. The
announcement came from local government minister, Rosie
Winterton, who said it was essential that traditional markets
survive and highlighted their significant economic and social
Council actively supports local markets across the county
and recently boosted the appeal of the weekly open market
by allowing it to move into Commercial Street, in Hereford's
city centre. The council is also keen to tap into the potential
of the Butter Market, in Hereford's High Town, and has carried
out extensive consultation to determine what kind of market
traders and shoppers want in the prestigious city centre
she made her announcement, Rosie Winterton said that local
markets are part of our heritage, and that they bring communities
together. 'Some traditional markets even date back to medieval
times and are the reason why many of our towns exist,' she
said. 'Markets also play a vital economic role in the local
community, providing jobs and business start-up opportunities,
offering cheaper produce and attracting shoppers into the
after the announcement, Councillor Adrian Blackshaw said,
'We are delighted with the news. The relocated Open Market
is settling down in its new city centre location, while
the Butter Market and our local farmers' markets also bring
considerable economic and social benefits to Herefordshire.
We will also continue to provide speciality markets such
as our Victorian Markets, our Antiques and Collectables
and our Garden Markets.
shopping and the current economic climate have made life
more difficult for markets, but they still have the potential
to survive and thrive and add colour to our city. We therefore
owe it to Herefordshire to promote them. The announcement
of a national body to champion traditional markets will
raise their profile and ensure that the industry has a voice
across government policy. This has got to be good news.'
Council ''allowed' the weekly open market to move
into Commercial Street' to free up its previous site at
the Livestock Market to develop the land for the ESG. Apparently,
council's can also have an ancient charter dating back to
the 1500s overturned if they see fit. Once market traders
ourselves, we found the only 'encouragement' we received
from Herefordshire Council was to cough up the rent, which
was often more than we took, for the small piece of ground
we stood on. However, recently, Herefordshire Council have
invited new market traders, offering help and advice, gazebo's
and stalls. I'm sure that the governments plan to set up
a new body to champion the interests of traditional local
markets has absolutely nothing to do with this newly offered
ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK - TIME TO RETHINK YOUR DRINK
Herefordshire residents are being urged to 'rethink your
drink' during Alcohol Awareness Week, which began on Monday,
19th October. Safer Herefordshire has developed a hard hitting
poster campaign, which complements the current Government
one, and simply asks the question, 'You wouldn't start a
night like this, so why end it that way?'
campaign attempts to challenge the attitudes around the
acceptability of drunken behaviour amongst 18 - 25 year
olds, with the long term aim being to change drinking behaviour
and ultimately reduce alcohol related harm and antisocial
behaviour. The campaign doesn't aim to tell people not to
drink, but to simply think of the possible consequences
of when they do drink. It's all about staying safe, whilst
having a good time.
good way of assessing and controlling the amount you drink
is by keeping a weekly drink diary, which allows you to
total up your weekly units and have alcohol free days too.
Over a quarter of the population in England (10 million
adults) drink above the guidelines for lower risk drinking.
Of these, 2.6 million adults (8% of men and 6% of women)
regularly drink at higher risk levels. The recommended lower
risk drinking limit for men is 3 - 4 units per day (two
pints / two cans of normal strength lager or beer) and 2
- 3 units per day for women (a large glass of wine / three
single measures of spirits). Drinking above these levels
can increase your risk of heart disease, breast cancer,
liver disease, stroke and other diseases. It can also impact
on your ability to get a good night's sleep and affect your
general day-to-day health.
Rose, Safer Herefordshire Manager said, 'We're always behind
these alcohol awareness campaigns, because alcohol is one
of the leading causes of health problems in the UK. It's
so easy to get into a routine of regularly drinking above
the lower risk guidelines, without even realizing you might
be putting your health at risk. By keeping a weekly drink
diary, you'll be able to see exactly how much you're drinking
and it can often be a big surprise. It can really make you
stop and think about whether you ought to be cutting back
and Alcohol Awareness Week is the perfect time to give it
10 Tips to 'rethink your drink':
Decide on your ultimate goal. Do you want to cut down to
a set daily amount? Maybe you want to avoid binge drinking?
Or perhaps you would like to give up alcohol altogether?
2. Pick a day next week to start cutting down. Go for a
day when you are less likely to be under pressure, so it's
easier to avoid alcohol.
3. Keep a drink diary. Writing this on a regular basis will
help you to work out how much you're actually drinking.
4. Work out how you can avoid situations which you know
will encourage you to drink. For example, if you're going
out with friends suggest the cinema instead of the pub.
5. Pace yourself. Try drinking each drink more slowly or
alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.
6. Find something else to do while you drink, like playing
pool or dancing. This will take your mind off your drink
and help you slow down.
7. Get out of the habit of drinking because you are stressed
or have nothing else to do. Look for other ways to relax.
Activities like swimming or walking will make you feel better
and don't involve alcohol.
8. Take stock of your progress and make sure you give yourself
credit where it's due for your achievements so far. This
will help you keep going towards achieving your target goal.
9. Try to have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Choose
days when you're less likely to be in situations where you
would usually drink alcohol. Always give your body a 48
hour break from booze if you do drink too much in one session.
10. Don't give up! Changing a habit like drinking takes
time and hard work, and sometimes it's difficult to drink
less. Focus on what you've achieved so far and reward yourself
when you have met your drinking targets. If you do relapse,
don't stop, just set a new date to start cutting down again.
a handy guide to the unit strengths of some common drinks:
Wine - 175ml glass (12%) 2.1 units, Wine - 750ml bottle
(13.5%), 10 units Beer / lager - pint (4%) 2.3 units, Strong
cider - 440ml can (9%) 4 units, Alcopops - 275ml bottle
(5%) 1.4 units, Spirits (vodka / gin) - 25ml single (40%)
ROSS PRE SCHOOL PLAYGROUP IN THE PINK FOR BREAST CANCER APPEAL
Pre-school playgroup are doing their bit for the Breast
Cancer Appeal by holding a 'Pink Week.'
Monday, everybody got dressed up in pink and a whole host
of pink themes activities have been arranged for the week.
children are in for a fun packed week as they will be making
and icing pink cakes, creating pig masks and having a whole
lot of fun with marshmallows.
Iris Price of Ross Pre-school Playgroup sen tus this lovely
photograph of all the children and staff dressed in pink.
HAVE FUN AT CULTURAL ROAD SHOW
Herefordshire Council's cultural services team will be at
the Maylord Orchards shopping centre on Monday, 26th October
to showcase their activities across the county. Everybody
is invited to come along and find out what's going on, what's
coming up, and how they can get involved in the arts, libraries,
museums, learning and sports, wherever they live. They can
also find out about volunteering opportunities for young
people from the 'V' team.
road show, which runs from 10am until 3.30pm, will include
hands-on activities with items from the museums' handling
collection and The Flying Potter will be running drop in
sessions for people of all ages throughout the day. A goody
bag with colourful, fun promotional gifts will be handed
out to anybody who fills in a short questionnaire on the
Cultural Road show will visit various locations and events
throughout 2009 and 2010. If you would like further information,
please telephone Abbie Mason, Cultural Services Co-ordination
Officer, on 01432 261549 or e-mail email@example.com
TWO MEN KILLED IN WIGMORE ACCIDENT
Herefordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come
forward after a road traffic collision in Wigmore claimed
the lives of two men.
incident happened on the A4110 Wigmore to Adforton road,
just north of Wigmore at around 7.30pm on Friday, 16th October.
It appears that a blue Nissan Almera was travelling north
from Wigmore when it was involved in a head-on collision
with a blue Mercedes E300 that was travelling in the opposite
direction. The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced
dead at the scene. No other persons were involved or injured.
driver of the Nissan has been named as 18 years old Lewis
Mather, of Adforton. The driver of the Mercedes has been
named as Christian Baker, of Bucknell, aged 46 years. Post
mortem examinations are due to take place early this week
and the Coroner has been informed. It is expected that an
inquest into the deaths will be opened and adjourned later
this week, whilst police continue their enquiries.
this stage the exact cause of the collision is unclear.
Police collision investigators were called to the scene
to try and determine the cause of the collision and as a
result, the road was closed for several hours. Police are
also keen to hear from any witnesses who may have seen the
vehicles immediately before the crash.
Anybody with any information should contact PC Steve Wood
of the Roads Policing Team based at Hereford Police Station
on 0300 333 3000.
WORKING TO IMPROVE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Herefordshire Council has confirmed it will continue to
invest in an enhanced higher education facility for Hereford.
An alliance of higher education partners has already allocated
around £3 million to enhance opportunities and skills levels
in the county. Herefordshire had joined with the University
of Worcester and other partners, known as Higher Education
for Herefordshire (HE4H), to try to secure additional funding
for a higher education 'gateway', which could be sited on
the ESG development area of the city. But the Higher Education
Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has rejected 17 out
of 23 bids from across the UK in the national New University
Challenge programme, including Herefordshire, which does
not yet have the 'critical mass' or large enough population
base. Now the council will continue to work with local partners
to secure alternative funding.
cabinet has already approved the allocation of council-owned
land worth £1.2 million to the scheme and would like the
new facility to be built on the ESG development between
the new leisure and retail quarter on the old livestock
market, and the new urban village in Hereford. The county
excels in areas such as creative industries, information
technology, health, education, sports and outdoor adventure,
business and management.
Adrian Blackshaw pointed out that Herefordshire was awarded
enterprise capital of the West Midlands and that the University
Challenge programme was just one of several possible funding
streams. 'We remain fiercely committed to providing, here
in Hereford, enhanced higher education opportunities, particularly
for the talented young people who leave our successful schools
and would otherwise move outside of the county, perhaps
never to return, ' he said. 'One of the challenges facing
Herefordshire's resurgence from the recession is ensuring
that we have the right skills base to make the city attractive
to enterprises already here or thinking of locating to Hereford.
We will continue to do everything we can to ensure we meet
higher education in the city and market towns also makes
education more affordable for local young people and also
for mature members of the community that want the chance
to acquire new skills. The HE4H bid also included representation
from Herefordshire Council, NHS Herefordshire, local further
education establishments, the Open University and surrounding
universities operating in Herefordshire, the Bulmer Foundation,
the Lifelong Learning Network, the Learning and Skills Council,
the Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce
Herefordshire and Worcestershire, ESG Ltd., the Robert Owen
Society, the Royal National College for the Blind, Advantage
West Midlands, Government Office West Midlands and the University
already have excellent local colleges with modern facilities
but there is widespread interest and support in developing
further the higher education offering in Herefordshire,'
added Councillor Blackshaw, 'and this is very much part
of our vision for a prosperous and enterprising county.'
GROUNDBREAKING PUBLIC SERVICES PARTNERSHIP GONE LIVE
Herefordshire's groundbreaking public services partnership
has 'gone live' on the integration of systems across all
of its environment and regeneration services - one of the
largest programmes of its kind. This means that services
ranging from community protection to planning can readily
and securely share information and knowledge to deliver
services seamlessly to local people.
Council and NHS Herefordshire were the first local authorities
and primary care trusts to create a single management team
and integrate services. Now its Herefordshire Connects transformation
programme has delivered a new Integrated Environment and
Regeneration System (IERS) with software provider Civica.
It is the largest and most significant project ever undertaken
by Civica in 20 years and in any of its 220 public sector
customers in the UK. IERS has replaced outdated environment
and regeneration systems with a single, more efficient system
to improve the operation, managing and monitoring of a wide
range of relevant services.
is streamlining the delivery of waste management, planning,
environmental health, trading standards, licensing, building
controls, conservation and housing, among other services,
for the benefit and protection of local residents, consumers,
businesses and the environment. The next step is to integrate
the IERS system with Herefordshire's customer relationship
management (CRM) system, which itself was significantly
updated earlier this year to help customer services staff
accurately log, handle and resolve the public's telephone
calls or emails quickly.
is driving through significant change across a number of
public sector organizations, including the sharing of services
to make efficiencies so that we can safeguard front-line
services,' said Annie Faulder, interim deputy chief executive
for Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire. 'But our
vision is to dramatically improve services too, and achieve
a much better experience of those services for the people
who receive them. We are securing all customer information
in one central database, so that local people need only
tell us once about a problem that concerns them. This will
enable public service teams to work together in partnership
more effectively in tackling specific problems. The new
way of working will cut red tape, paperwork and time spent
on administration to help us to use resources more effectively
- it will make us easier to deal with, and more responsive
to local needs.'
across the primary care trust and the council have been
getting their first taste of the new Performance Management
and Risk (PMR) system - another in the suite of Herefordshire
Connects transformation projects. Its aim is to help build
an integrated performance management culture across the
organizations Herefordshire's new social care case management
system was delivered by the Herefordshire Connects programme
as planned in November last year and is now being used by
almost 400 social care professionals to underpin their daily
new system provides access to up-to-date and comprehensive
information, helping them to make good decisions in the
best interests of service users. Herefordshire Connects,
working with Herefordshire Council's strategic advisor Deloitte,
aims to improve performance and services, provide enhanced
support for staff, and is expected to save £1.2 million
in the current and next financial year, with an ongoing
£2 million saving a year after that.