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ROUND UP: Surrey book award shortlist revealed; Consultation on boundary review proposals

Surrey book award shortlist revealed The shortlist for an annual book award which is decided by children from 10 Surrey primary schools has been revealed by the county council’s library service. The Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award celebrates the best fiction for readers aged seven to nine. The five books shortlisted this year are: • … Continue reading

Nicola Adams inspires young riders to take up 46-mile challenge

Two-time Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE today joined students and teachers from Teach First, the social mobility charity tackling educational inequality, at the Lee Valley VeloPark for the official launch of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Adams is taking on the challenge of cycling the 46 mile … Continue reading

VIDEO: 65p in every council pound goes on children and adults’ wellbeing

As demand for critical services continues to rise, Surrey leader David Hodge has revealed that almost two thirds of the county council’s spending goes on the wellbeing of adults and children – 65 pence in every pound. In the video below he points to the number of older people needing the highest level of care … Continue reading

Prime Minister visits cafe offering mental health support

On the day Theresa May pledged to transform the way mental health issues are dealt with, the Prime Minister visited Aldershot’s Wellbeing Centre and Safe Haven – one of six cafe-style drop-in services providing support that are funded by organisations including Surrey County Council, clinical commissioning groups and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Helyn … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council’s unsung heroes hard at work over the festive period

While families open presents and tuck into Christmas dinner or relax over the new year, it’s business as usual for the council’s unsung heroes who will be serving their communities over the festive period. Peter Martin, Surrey County Council deputy leader, said: “While most of us are opening presents are tucking into a turkey dinner on … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Young people descend on Surrey careers fair

Epsom was full of opportunity as more than a thousand young people met with employers, further education colleges and training providers to find their perfect career match. The Surrey Opportunities Fair organised by the county council gave school leavers, unemployed young people and those seeking new opportunities a chance to find out about further education, training … Continue reading

Ciphers, robots and building your own internet: Surrey’s university technical college will equip students for jobs of the future

Decoding encrypted messages, making robots and building internets from scratch are some of the tasks students will be able to tackle at Surrey’s first university technical college. The college will open in Guildford to train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts. Students will specialise in either computer science or engineering – … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Live performances to drive home road safety message; Residents to get close-up footage of RideLondon-Surrey cycling stars

Live performances to drive home road safety message A series of live performances that aim to raise road safety awareness among young people in Surrey will take place this month. Safe Drive Stay Alive, an initiative lead by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, features a series of films and live speakers who recount their stories and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Young people urged to apply for highways roles after impressing on trial scheme

A trial scheme to arm vulnerable young people with the skills to launch a highways career proved so successful that all six have been asked to apply for apprenticeships or jobs. Among those successfully completing the course, which included training on machinery and team building exercises, were people classed as NEET – not in employment, education … Continue reading

ROUND-UP: Hundreds expected at Surrey careers fair; Suspended jail sentence for Surrey builder; Young people to ‘take over’

Hundreds expected to attend Surrey careers fair Hundreds of young people are expected to descend on a careers fair organised by Surrey County Council. Next month’s Surrey Opportunities Fair is aimed at school-leavers, unemployed young people and those seeking new opportunities. The event will give young people the chance to find out more about apprenticeships, … Continue reading

Appeal for adoptive families for children who wait longer to find a forever home

Parents who have adopted sets of siblings and children with disabilities have urged others to come forward and change the lives of youngsters who wait longer to find a forever family. With National Adoption Week in full swing, two families told of the rewards that adopting their children has brought them. Sarah*, a single mum-of-one, … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on successes, challenges and opportunities

David Hodge used today’s Full Council meeting to talk about the successes of his five years as Surrey County Council’s leader, the challenges the authority faces and the opportunities for health and social care services.

Surrey foster couple receive MBEs

John and Wendy Palczynski, who foster children with disabilities and complex health problems, have received MBEs from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle. The couple, from Guildford, have cared for 29 children over 13 years including some with profound multiple disabilities and conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and blindness.They were recognised in the … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey schools losing out to their London neighbours

Surrey schools close to London are being penalised to the tune of millions of pounds in funding compared to schools in the capital – even though they may be less than a mile apart and face the same challenges. These schools are often just streets apart and serve virtually identical communities but London boroughs bordering … Continue reading

VIDEO: New Surrey college aims to encourage more women to join the crusade against cyber crime

A new university technical college opening in Surrey aims to encourage more women to choose careers tackling cyber crime. University Technical College Guildford – Surrey’s first UTC – will train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts to help meet growing demand from employers. With women significantly under-represented in computer science and engineering, the … Continue reading

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