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Rochdale Borough Council embraces ModernGov

A new free mobile application is being launched by Rochdale Borough Council that enables users to access council reports, minutes and decisions while on the move from their smart phones or tablets.

Rochdale is one of the first authorities in Greater Manchester to have the app which is available for blackberry, android and Apple and is aimed at increasing efficiency for councillors and also making them more accountable to constituents. It can also mean residents can view issues affecting them

The ModernGov app if used for automatically downloading, viewing, and annotating the meeting papers of local authorities and other organisations that use the decision management system. It allows users to specify committees of interest and will then automatically update with all the latest meeting papers including full agenda packs.

This latest development is just one of a range of things RMBC is introducing to get more people involved in local democracy and helping them embrace new technology channels.

The app is aimed at Councillors to enable them to access Committee papers anywhere at anytime, but also for members of the public to be able to see any agendas, reports and minutes they may be interested in. All the information will continue to be published on the RMBC website and hard copies printed for the public to pick up at meetings.

Councillor Richard Farnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services said: "Technology moves on at an ever more rapid pace and enables people to become ever more involved in issues that affect their own lives. It is therefore important that our Council moves on with it to ensure Councillors and the public alike have the tools available to fully engage with the democratic process."

The app is free to download. Upon accessing the app users just need to pick Rochdale from the publishers list and then which Committees they are interested in.

Health Chatters celebrate their success

health-chatters-and-trainers-receive-their-awardsConcerned about a cough? Or worried about a loved one's smoking habits? Well, get it off your chest!

That's the thinking behind Health Chats, a programme which involves frontline public sector workers and community representatives weaving important health and wellbeing messages into the everyday conversations they share with members of the public.

Every year across Rochdale Borough, people who work in the community - midwives, health practitioners, caretakers, social workers and fire officers, for instance - meet thousands of residents as part of their daily routine. Health Chats harness these ad hoc encounters in order to raise awareness about potential health risks, prompting people to re-think their personal lifestyle choices and signposting them to local services.

Launch of Training Academy heralds job success

training-academy-day-mayorThe launch of a new Link4Life Training Academy looked like it was over before it began when a young woman collapsed to the floor and was declared to be not breathing. The stunned audience watched in silence as members of Link4Life staff stepped in to resuscitate her until it quickly became clear that it was a lifesaving exercise designed to demonstrate that training is crucial and can literally save lives.

Over 1,000 people were trained with Link4Life in 2012 and 80 professional training courses were organised during the year developing the skills of both the Trust's own workforce and the wider community.

Training partners from a range of organisations including Sports Leaders UK, Hopwood Hall College and Health and Safety specialists Right Directions gathered to mark the launch which highlighted the successes and achievements of those who have taken the training and volunteer route into paid employment.

Hollingworth Lake Water Festival launches summer of Big Games events

hollingworth-lake-big-games-stuart-bithelThe training ground of Olympic Silver medallist Stuart Bithell is the location of the BIG Water Festival taking place at Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough this weekend. It's the first in a series of Big Games family fun days that will take place in the Rochdale Borough over the summer.

The BIG Water Festival takes place at Hollingworth Lake on Sunday 28 April. Launched last year as part of the 2012 celebrations it builds on the success of sports such as sailing, kayaking and rowing at the London Olympic Games and is a joint event between Link4Life and the Lake's Rowing and Sailing Clubs.

Billed as a family day out with lots to see and do for all ages, there will be water sport tasters on the lake every hour on the hour from 10am-4pm at Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre on Lakebank with kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing for just £2 a session and activities for 4 years and upwards. A climbing tower and mountain bike track challenge are just two of the free activities on offer.

Ladies are in the pink

Rochdale Leisure Centre's new Indoor Bowling League ended last week after a fantastic first pilot season. Twelve teams took part in the pilot league with another 60 people taking part every week from January - March 2013. Teams played 11 games in total but the league was finally won by 'Ladies in Pink' with 18 points, closely followed by runners up Jammy Dodgers.


Bowling enthusiast with Centre Manager Kevin Costigan - Rochdale Leisure Centre at the new Indoor Long Mat Bowling session.

Pictured from L-R: Eddie Melvin, Joyce Jones, Linda Terrill, Kevin Costigan – Centre Manager, Jeff Morgan, Janet Rothwell, John Mansley & Rita Moorhouse

Social bowling will continue at the Centre throughout April, May and June on Monday afternoons from 1pm-3pm at a cost of £2 per person.

A new league will be launched in September after the outdoor bowling season finishes. Any teams wishing to join the league must register their team by Monday 20 May 2013. Registration cost £10 per team.

Download the pdfregistration form or contact Julie Durrant 01706 926201 or 07976 059514.

The league is hoping to accommodate 24 teams from September 2013.

Bowls can be provided by the centre if required.

Julie Durrant who has helped set up the new bowling league is thrilled that bowling has taken off at the Centre. It's been a very successful pilot and now there's an opportunity to accommodate even more teams which will see the development of the biggest ever Indoor Bowling League in the borough.