Let's Work Together - About

Following the death of Olive Simcock, an elderly Staffordshire lady, in a fatal house fire in 2006, the Olive Branch initiative was launched. The aim of the initiative was to help prevent unnecessary deaths, like Olive’s, by helping the Fire Service and Social Care and Health to work more closely together. From picking up on obvious fire risks, even if spotting them does not fall into a home visitor’s traditional service area, through to sharing potentially life-saving information, the initiative has been a success.

Let’s work together aims to build on the successes of the Olive Branch initiative, and spread the partnership working approach across other agencies to help tackle a wider spectrum of killer risks in the home, and in people’s lifestyles.

The approach was agreed at a seminar involving local partners, and facilitated by the Fire and Rescue Service and Lichfield District Community Voluntary Sector Support in February 2010. Since then other Districts have got involved with this initiative, this includes; Stafford, Tamworth, Newcastle, East Staffs and South Staffs.

Its aim is to equip service managers and home visitors with the tools, training and skills they need to provide the ‘eyes and ears’ for partner organisations, and offer a wider range of support and sign-posting to local people to help them live healthy, safe and independent lives. 


Jan Silvester
Tel: 01785 619 477
Email: jsilvester@staffordbc.gov.uk

Ella Smith
Tel: 01785 619 595
Email: esmith@staffordbc.gov.uk

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