Public sector round-up

HEALTH: The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health has recruited Whitehall PR veteran Pat Wilson as its interim director of communications. The body, which was set up to enable patients to voice concerns about local healthcare, failed to fill the role in the summer but hopes to recruit a full-time postholder by the end of the year. Wilson was director of communications at the Wales Office before retiring in 2001.

ADOPTION: The British Association for Adoption and Fostering has announced details of this year’s National Adoption Week (3 to 9 November). Called Wishing for a Family, the week of activity includes a push to raise awareness surrounding the extra financial and emotional support now available for adoptive parents through the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

CHARITY: Christian charity Feed the Minds has this week launched a campaign to raise funds to teach 5,000 people in the developing world to read and write. Among other groups, the campaign will target UK churchgoers, and coincides with International Literacy Day on 8 September, part of the United Nations’ ten-year focus on literacy.

EDUCATION: Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College has hired Communications Management to handle PR surrounding a planned a

re-organisation of its campus. The university is looking to merge its current three campuses into one at High Wycombe. The brief includes stakeholder relations with local employers as well as regional media relations.

NEWHAM: The London Borough of Newham has revamped its residents’ publication, Newham Magazine. The publication has gone from monthly to fortnightly and for the first time includes input from local stakeholders, including the Metropolitan Police and Newham College.

CHARITY: Children’s charity NCH has launched a campaign calling for the Government to help give vulnerable children better access to technology. As part of the campaign the charity is promoting three

pilot schemes it is running for children in Kingston, London and Coventry.

NGO: Amnesty International is launching a guide next week to help charities and organisations with small budgets run campaigns. Called Banners and Dragons, the book includes examples of Amnesty’s campaigns , including its use of mutilated Jelly Babies to highlight the issue of torture.

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