The LGA Podcast
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 15 Cheshire East Council: improving men's mental health
Content warning: this episode contains content that some people may find upsetting; in particular, references to mental health and suicide. In this episode, Rhian Gladman is joined by Katy Ellison and Carys Ward from Cheshire East Council to discuss their behavioural insights trial addressing men’s mental health during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Katy and Carys speak about how they decided to tackle this issue and what effects the trial has had on men’s mental health in their local area, sharing advice for other councils who may be interested in starting a behavioural insights trial.Access Cheshire East Council's visual assets discussed in this episode at https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/financial-resilience-and-economic-recovery/behavioural-insights/projectsAccess the full transcript for this episode at https://www.local.gov.uk/podcast-transcript-nudges-social-good-cheshire-east-council-using-behavioural-insights-improve-mens
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 14 (north east London councils)
Rhian Gladman is joined by Vickie Rowland, former public health practitioner at the London Borough of Havering, and Stéphanie Renucci, managing director and founder of insight and innovation agency UNPITCHD, to discuss how a group of councils in north east London used behavioural insights to help address local health inequalities by increasing the uptake of health checks offered by the NHS.The councils involved in the work were the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, and the City of London.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 13 (Doncaster Council)
Season 1, Ep. 13
Rhian Gladman is joined by the Public Health Lead at Doncaster Council, Caroline Temperton, and Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, Maddy Arden. In this episode Rhian, Caroline and Maddy discuss how they pulled together a consortium of different councils in the Yorkshire and Humber area and how this consortium worked to increase active travel in the region.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 12 (Rossendale Leisure Trust)
Season 1, Ep. 12
Systems and lives meet often but what more can councils and public sector bodies do to provide a holistic support to help people through these moments? Ken Masser discusses the work carried out by Rossendale Leisure Trust to apply behavioural insights to systems, drawing on examples of supporting long term unemployed, embedding physical activity across the school curriculum and supporting wellbeing for new parents. He shares how bringing different voices into the room, and facilitating time for public sector officers to carry out reviews can create change in systems and improve wellbeing at key life stages and in moments of change.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 11 (City of Wolverhampton Council)
Season 1, Ep. 11
Shanara Abdin, Behavioural Science Specialist in the Public Health department at Wolverhampton Council and Michael Salmon, Head of Insight Health and Wellbeing at Active Black Country, join Rhian Gladman to discuss their behavioural insights trial, WV Gets Active. This trial was delivered in partnership to increase physical activity levels amongst low socioeconomic and inactive residents in Wolverhampton. They discuss the impact of delivering this trial during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the insights from this trial will be expanded upon to continue to deliver targeted interventions to increase physical activity levels in the area.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 10 (Sandwell Council)
Season 1, Ep. 10
Chitra Roberts, Behavioural Insight and Marketing Project Manager at Sandwell Council joins Rhian Gladman for this Nudges for Social Good episode to discuss her work in the public health team to increase the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination in the working age population in Sandwell, using behavioural science techniques. Chitra shares insights into how they have used an online survey platform to share behaviourally framed messages to allay some of the main concerns around vaccine hesitancy and encourage those who have taken the vaccine to become vaccine advocates.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 9 (Barking and Dagenham Council)
Season 1, Ep. 9
In this episode of the Nudges for Social Good podcast series Rhian Gladman is joined by Tim Pearse, Behavioural Science and Service Design Lead at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Building on the insights shared in the first episode of the podcast series, Tim shares updates on how the council is using Behavioural insights to deliver debt support to local residents to encourage payment of council tax through the council’s community solutions service.
Local Action For Our Environment: Engaging diverse audiences on climate change
Season 1, Ep. 5
Councils often have diverse local populations. But those who engage with council activities and with climate change often do not represent that full diversity.In the last episode of this series, our guest speakers discuss the importance of engaging the full diversity of their local populations and what councils should think about before, during and after engagement processes to ensure they are accessible and inclusive. We also hear how Hampshire County Council are working with partners to deliver community projects.Guest speakers:Chitra Nadarajah, Strategic Manager – Climate Change, Hampshire County CouncilCouncillor Kaltum Rivers, Sheffield City CouncilJo Wall, Strategic Director – Climate Response, Local Partnerships
Local Action For Our Environment: Public engagement challenges – collaboration
Season 1, Ep. 4
This episode will look at how the public can be involved in decision making on climate change, how councils can work with their residents and communities and discuss how to engage communities through these methods. Climate Assembly UK was a high-profile example of engaging the public in climate decision-making. Multiple local climate assemblies and juries have also received attention, such as Kendal’s Citizen’s Jury.Guest speakers:Sarah Allan, Director of Capacity Building and Standards, InvolveChris Bagshaw, Town Clerk, Kendal Town CouncilFor more information about this podcast series and to read the show notes, visit www.local.gov.uk/local-action-podcast