Public sector news in brief

UN AWARD The United Nations Grand Award 2005 for an environmental awareness campaign has gone to Weber Shandwick for its work with charity Save the North Sea. Sponsored by the UN and the International Public Relations Association, and award was established in 1990. The winning campaign was handled by WS Glasgow.

SCOTLAND Press Complaints Commission deputy director William Gore, Plain English Campaign spokesman John Wild and Rachel Coventry, director at consultancy Naked Eye, will speak at Scotland's Local Government Communicators Group annual conference. The event takes place at the Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire on 18 and 19 November.

CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire County Council is targeting young male drivers with its road safety campaign 'For my girlfriend'. Posters have been placed in pub and club toilets saying 'If you don't like this many blokes around your girlfriend – slow down'. The offensive capitalises on the fact that young male drivers fail to associate bad driving with killing or hurting people but are concerned about hurting their partner or girlfriend.

SURREY Surrey County Council is promoting its 'Great Surrey Swap It' day, which encourages waste reduction and recycling. Residents are being encouraged to take unwanted household items to Swap It events across the county on 24 September.

CAMPAIGN The National Archives has teamed up with the National Council on Archives and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to handle a national public awareness campaign. Called 'Beginnings', the drive will encourage people to use public records via a series of autumn events at locations including Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry and Surrey History Centre.

NOTTS Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is promoting an art exhibition featuring work by people who have used its services. The trust hopes the media relations push will help attract people to its
AGM on 29 September at Mansfield Civic Centre.

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