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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Leader's blog


Each week Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton Council, writes a blog keeping you in touch with the very latest news.

Wednesday 13 June 2018

This afternoon I will take part in safeguarding training at Billingham South Primary School. The safety of children is the most important concern of any teacher, so it is vital for staff – and school governors like myself – to know how to deal with issues such as bullying and online safety.

I am looking forward to attending the Catalyst Achievement Awards tonight. It is a great opportunity to recognise the work of individuals and organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector across Stockton-on-Tees.

I am catching an early train to London tomorrow for a meeting of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board. The LGA supports councils to help the children, young people and families in their areas achieve the best possible outcomes. The agenda includes an end of year report and an update on the current activities to tackle children’s health issues.

On Friday morning I will meet with the Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group for one of our regular updates. In the afternoon I hope to catch up on important paperwork and prepare for forthcoming meetings.

Over the weekend I will be spending time with my family, and with the start of the World Cup this week I am also looking forward to watching some of the games. 

On Monday I will be visiting Bayheath House to see the brilliant work of the Youth Offending Team, who play a key role in making our communities safe. The service incorporates staff from the Council, Cleveland Police, the Probation Service and local health services. They recruit and train volunteers who are interested in reducing crime in their area.

Later in the day I will meet Julie Gilhespie, the Interim Managing Director at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, with the Council’s Chief Executive Neil Schneider. We will discuss the joint work that is going on to grow the Tees Valley economy.

On Tuesday I will meet Martin Waters, the Tees Valley Combined Authority's Head of Homes and Communities, for our weekly update. I will then review the agenda for the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet meeting taking place on Thursday, June 21, before attending a members’ ICT Task and Finish Group.