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About the Seminar
Bereavement Services is a high profile council service which, as well as meeting the needs of the bereaved, is under increasing pressure to become commercially self-sustaining whilst ensuring value for money.
The service area is also facing changing cultural requirements as well as being held responsible for caring for the natural environments in which they work. The service has played a central role in dealing with the impact of the current pandemic - being referred to as the 4th emergency service by many.
Whilst these challenges have to be met, the heart of the service is still to ensure it considers its customers’ needs at the most vulnerable time in their lives.
In a time of austerity, local authorities continue to find their budgets shrinking and, as such, managers and staff alike are having to look for ways to compensate against these losses, either through service efficiencies, generating new sources of income, or innovative service delivery methodologies such as partnership working.
Service delivery is, therefore, having to change. APSE recognises this need and, through the provision of this seminar and its wider networking services, APSE can help elected members, managers and officers hear examples of how these changes can be brought about.
Therefore, the aim of the seminar is to highlight best practice and innovation, which, together, will prove invaluable to the development of future Bereavement Services.
Wayne Priestley, Principal Advisor, APSE
Paul Wright, Open Space Services - Divisional Manager, Halton Borough Council
Adrian Pickersgill Bereavement Services Manager, Doncaster Council
Justin Smith, Director, The CDS Group
Susan Moore, Area Management Team Leader, Norwich Council
Lee Snashfold, APSE Associate