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Luton Partnership Programme

Posted By Heather Ette, 01 June 2018

Launch of Luton Partnership Programme a Great Success

Last week saw the launch of an innovative new partnership programme in Luton.  Sponsored by Luton Borough Council working with the IEP, it brings together up to 50 front line colleagues from the Council and partner organisations across the borough for a 12 month programme that will both support the personal development of the participants and build on the already good partnership relationships in the town.

Participants in the programme have all become Members of the IEP and joined Scott Parkin FIEP (IEP Chairman) and IEP Directors Pat Russell MIEP and Rebecca Keating MIEP to find out more about what the IEP can offer.  In addition to the usual membership benefits, participants will also get access to the ESS Level 3 Award (which will be delivered by Corporate Affiliate Partner, The Salvation Army Employment Plus), Mental Health First Aid Lite delivered by IEP Fellow Kevin Moore FIEP and to Disability Confident Awareness training (as part of the Remploy Disability Ambassadors programme) delivered by Susan Allot MIEP and Tony Collins MIEP.

The programme will also support a number of networking events and webinars and participants were involved in shaping the content of these going forward.

Amit Shenmar of Resolution said “I and my colleague attended the Luton Partnership programme yesterday. I would like to say I was buoyed by the vision of the IEP programme and the talks amongst the various training providers and organised was fruitful, eye opening and very necessary.

"The interactive element of the course really fostered a sense of camaraderie and a feeling that such initiatives if nurtured correctly could be the start of something truly transformative in terms of joint partnership and successful outcome for our service users."

Ted Ferguson, Support Manager for The Work and Health Programme at Shaw Trust said “I felt very privileged to be able to participate in the IEP event at the Town Hall yesterday. I thought that the course overview delivery was entirely relevant to the work that we do as support managers at Shaw Trust, and thought that the overview content was informative, precise and well-structured within the allocated time frame.

"I particularly enjoyed listening to and conversing with Rebecca Keating from The Salvation Army and have established a useful contact with herself and others with regard to networking that could be beneficial to our clients on the Work and Health programme at Shaw Trust.

"I would truly relish the opportunity of a place on the Level 3 course as I come from a therapeutic background and feel that the course would be really helpful in improving my skills as a work support manager and enable me to provide the best service possible for my clients.”

If anyone is interested in finding out more about delivering an IEP supported place-based partnership programme, please contact the IEP at


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