SEARCHING for a nightingale nurse, involving prisoners in arts projects and a new meeting area for the cops - see what's making the news across Hambleton.
Searching for a true nightingale...
DO YOU know someone, working in nursing, who has really gone that extra mile to ensure the patients they care for are at the centre of everything they do and they have a better experience as a result?
If you do, South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust - which operated the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton - would like to hear from you.
To recognise the unique and important contribution nursing makes to patients and their families, the trust is set to honour its nurses with the Nightingale Award.
The annual award is open to all staff working in the field or nursing at the trust's hospitals and nominations are welcome from everyone, patients, carers, staff and managers.
Anyone who would like to nominate a member of staff must have been a patient or have been a relative of a patient at James Cook or the Friarage Hospitals.
Nominations should clearly demonstrate the difference the entrant has made to the patient experience.
Forms are available from the nursing development office on 01642 854344 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for entries is Friday 2 February 2007.
Get dancing in Hambleton...
A NEW directory to encourage more people to get dancing has hit the bookshelves across Hambleton.
'Just Dance' covers dance groups and classes throughout the Hambleton and Richmondshire areas - from belly dancing in Romanby to Scottish dancing in Richmond.
"Dance is rising in popularity and has inspired many to become involved at all levels and in all form," said Physical Activity Co-coordinator for Hambleton and Richmondshire, Emma Davis.
"It is an art form with the ability to communicate across cultural and generational boundaries - bringing individuals together and linking communities through observation and participation. Dancing provides enjoyment as well as promoting fitness and general well-being."
Dance groups within the two districts which would like to be included in the 2007 edition should contact directory producers Kate Staines - Hambleton District Council Arts Development Officer - or Emma Davis on 01609 767149 or 767203.
Copies of the booklet are available at local libraries, Tourist Information Centres and Leisure Centres.
Photo shows booklet producers Kate Staines (left) and Emma Davis
Writing rhyme while serving time...
INMATES at a Yorkshire Dales prison have been flaunting their creative talents, as part of an award winning rehabilitation programme run by North Yorkshire County Council.
Ten prisoners from Northallerton Young Offenders Institute presented their work to piers and prison staff and picked up certificates for their labour.
Twelve times a year, staff from North Yorkshire County Council's youth arm - Connecting Youth Culture - run a three week course involving the prisoners in artistic activities as diverse as song writing, poetry, graffiti art, story writing, sculpture making and film making.
Professional artists are enlisted to lead workshops throughout the course and at the end, the prisoners pick up a certificate.
Later in the year, the writing and film production elements of the course are accredited by New College in Manchester.
Del Stevens, project manager for North Yorkshire County Council's Connect project, says that the young inmates often feel they have to 'put a front on' because they are in prison and form cliques, usually with others from the same area as them.
"What we do is help them build up their confidence, self esteem, self worth and get them to practice team building.
"On the course, they tend to write about stuff they wouldn't normally talk about and get to perform in front of their piers. That's a great ice breaker and gets them to open up."
New meeting area for cops...
STAFF at North Yorkshire Police Headquarters in Newby Wiske will soon be able to hold meetings away from their standard office accommodation and in the open air thanks to an innovative new project.
Work has now been completed on a new canopied meeting area in a courtyard within the Headquarters complex.
The site makes use of what had been an unattractive and unused gravel area at the side of a new office wing which is now being transformed into a pleasant facility.
It is envisaged it will be used for ad-hoc meetings and also as a venue for staff to use at meal and break times, particularly in spring and summer when it will be equipped with appropriate seating and a table.