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A slightly more detailed graphic of my 1990 vision for the 2 1/2 decade empty 460 space car park on Leeman Road "Tear Drop Site" now also known as " York Central Site".
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GeniUS! Youth Challenge Update

Having focused on meeting the current and future needs of our more mature residents in many of our GeniUS! challenges to date, the latest challenge saw the Innovate York team seek better ways to work with young people in York.

GeniUS! Youth saw us working in partnership with the York Integrated Youth Support Services in City of York Council and the York Youth…

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Challenge 5 Update

2013 has been a busy year for GeniUS! York. Challenge 6 around Innovation in Healthcare and Challenge 7 around the Future of Libraries which culminated in our two Synergy Surgery Events have both resulted in some brilliant pilots with work continuing on these over the coming months.

And now tomorrow night, November 26th 2013, sees the culmination of months of hard work on one of our 2012 Challenges -…

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Challenge 7 Update

How do you imagine the role of libraries in years to come?

Summary

Following the Synergy Surgery: Future Libraries event which took place at Acomb Explore Library on Monday November 11th and all of the comments, ideas and suggestions we have had on the website here, we’re confident we’ve found a number of ways to improve library services for…

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Challenge 6 Update

Hi all GeniUS York Community,

A quick update on the latest challenge following the Synergy Surgery: Creative Health event on June 8th – June 9th. The weekend long event took participants through inspirational talks and facilitated small group working before culminating in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style session where groups pitched for funding to take their idea to pilot stage. The GeniUS team are very pleased with the outcomes of the event and the potential for…

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Creative England in partnership with NHS England launches a new initiative which will support development projects that use digital technology to give young people being treated for cancer and other life-limiting conditions the chance to explore their creative potential as a catalyst for healing and personal development, in collaboration with the Creative Skills For Life (CSL) Programme.

Creative England now invites…

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The role of public libraries

There are spaces in communities that are safe and welcoming, that are free and open to everyone.  Spaces where communities can come together, spaces that are trusted by the public.  They have free wifi and free internet access

These are called public libraries and we have 15 of them in York, and 1 on wheels that travels around.

They all have trained staff who support people accessing information and services in life-critical areas such as careers and job seeking; health; personal…

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Ugent and Emergency Healthcare

I am a senior doctor working in Emergency Medicine and I'm looking for solutions for some problems with the "system" that have been around for a long time:

1 The system does not encourage fairness of reponse to healthcare need. Eg If you are referred in to hospital by your GP or another healthcare practitioner, the expectation is that you would be referred directly to a specialist and that the provision your care would be more effective and efficient. In reality this occurs randomly…

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One&Other Community Involvement

Hi all, 

Just wanted to introduce myself, I'm Michael Storey the Community Manager for One&Other magazine based in York (www.oneandother.com) we're now able to dedicate more time to community-based activities and causes. 

We're supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and are planning on doing 4 to 6 projects throughout the year April 2013 - April…

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Children in care - Insight needed

ICiPS (Institute for continuous improvement in the public sector) would like your help. A number of member organisations have asked for our support to address the issue of children in care who run away. We are aware that research has already been undertaken into this so we are keen to hear from people working in this area as to why they feel the problem remains. 

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Thoughts from NESTA Creative Councils learning day.

Creative councils Spent an enjoyable and thought provoking day down at NESTA HQ last Monday in London, where we learned more about and discussed the challenges of workless-ness and alternative ways of improving the situation in the UK. Philip Colligan, Executive Director of the NESTA Public Services Innovation Labs kicked off the proceedings by talking initially about the assumptions made in the Creative Councils project (where the idea for GeniUS! York was born and developed).  Firstly…
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Our workshop on Dementia

As part of our #DementiaFriendly challenge the GeniUS!York team held a workshop on dementia at the Ron Cooke Hub at Heslington East University Campus. This took place last Wednesday and was facilitated by Heather Niven of SCY and Nada Savitch of Innovations in Dementia.

The aim of the workshop, which was open to anyone wishing to attend, was to open face to face discussions with people on the issues directly relating to our challenge which are:

What are the problems…

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Dementia friendly?

Just a question to consider - where exactly do we submit these ideas and proposals? Is it in this blog in the form of a post, or does it need to take the form of a proposal with "Timelines and work breakdowns" "costings" etc as described by the Guidance Notes document. If it's the latter I have to say that even after reading that document I am still left feeling rather unclear as to the form proposals should take, and even less about where they should go, and I wonder if this is really the…

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