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The Greater Merseyside and West Lancashire LLN teamOur friends in the north

31 July 2007

The Higher Futures team is pleased to announce our pairing with Greater Merseyside and West Lancashire (GM&WL) Lifelong Learning Network.

Networks were invited to pair up by the Lifelong Learning Networks National Forum, an initiative designed to promote sharing ideas and good practice, hosted by Higher York.

Higher Futures was approached by GM&WL because of its comparative size, geographical area and strand crossover.

The teams met in July and established a good working relationship with their counterparts, providing a solid base on which to build the support framework.

Gary Mallon, GM&WL Project Manager, said, "I am delighted that we are working with Higher Futures as part of the Peer Support Framework.

"The Framework, introduced by HEFCE and coordinated by the National Practitioners' Forum, gives us a valuable opportunity to work with South Yorkshire on the basis of critical friend, and we can both learn and gain from the relationship."

He added, "Both core teams can benefit from learning from each other and advising on overcoming and facing challenges."

Director of Higher Futures, Rob Harrison, agreed, saying, "Effective collaboration is integral to the success of the Higher Futures project. We already boast strong informal links with a number of other networks and organisations but, as GM&WL are six months ahead of us, their support and experience will prove invaluable throughout the project."

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