18 March 2010

A new magazine from Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police Authority and NHS Northamptonshire will be delivered to nearly every house in the county from this week.

Together Northamptonshire is the new quarterly publication from the three organisations and is believed to be the first magazine in the country to feature the police, county council and health in one magazine. The cost of the publication is kept down because it is from three organisations.

The launch of the magazine is in response to the 2008 Place Survey results, which found that only 32% of residents felt that they were well informed about local public services in the county.

The magazine will have regular features including news, “you said we did” articles, young Northamptonshire, items, advice, and useful numbers, and each partner will have six pages to feature their own news.

In this edition, people will be able to read about a wide-range of topics including the county council’s new supporting children campaign and the You Choose debate, the make-up of Northamptonshire’s Police Authority and the police’s high-profile Operation Guardian and advice from NHS Northamptonshire on smoking and finding a dentist.

It will be the first magazine for the county council since 2006 and will replace Northamptonshire Police Authority Home Beat publication. For NHS Northamptonshire, this is a new venture.

Professor Will Pope, chairman of NHS Northamptonshire, said: "Together Northamptonshire magazine is a real step forward and is a great way for NHS Northamptonshire, in partnership with the Police Authority and County Council, to communicate public service information.

"A publication which is delivered to every home is a valuable way of ensuring residents know what is going on and allows them to feedback to have a genuine say in shaping the services they use."

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Cllr Jim Harker said: “National research found that council newspapers/magazines are consistently identified in residents’ top three preferred sources of council information.

“I am very excited about this magazine and pleased that it is a joint publication with our partners. I hope people enjoy reading it and will let us know what they think.”

Deirdre Newham, Chair of Northamptonshire Police Authority, added: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the County Council and NHS to publish this new, informative magazine.

“It replaces our community newspaper Home Beat, which has been sharing policing information with local residents for the past ten years, and we hope people will find this new-look magazine format even more interesting and accessible.”