Community Partnerships are an exciting way we bring ideas to life by working together on local priorities. Eight Community Partnerships operate across East Suffolk, based on natural groupings of communities and using the East Suffolk Council ward boundaries as the ‘building blocks for each area.
Each partnership consists of East Suffolk Councillors, together with key partners from Town and Parish Councils, County Council, Police, Health, businesses, voluntary organisations, community groups and youth representatives. Everyone works collaboratively to solve local problems identified by local people and make a difference on the ground in our communities.
Community Partnerships are relatively informal bodies, who meet for workshops and networking events in community buildings and village halls around the district. Many of the Partnerships also have small multiagency working groups solving specific issues affecting their area.
Data is important. We ensure our partnerships have the best available data on which to base their activity. A data pack is produced for each partnership area and updated regularly.
We also need excellent local intelligence to complete the picture. So, the data is used as a focal point for a wider discussion in community stakeholder workshops. As a result, priorities are identified for each Community Partnership area. This is a continual process, and each Community Partnership revisits their priorities regularly to refine them and stay focussed on the specific outcomes they seek to deliver in their local area.
The Chair of each Community Partnership automatically joins the East Suffolk-wide Community Partnership Board to come together with other public, voluntary and business sector partners to solve the challenges common to more than one Community Partnership.
Our Community Partnerships are tackling some of the most important issues we face in our communities including isolation and loneliness, mental health and wellbeing, transport and travel, the impact of Covid, and financial inequality.
These YouTube clips show just a few of the many projects and initiatives that Community Partnerships are delivering or supporting in their local communities:
Community Partnerships represent a major investment by East Suffolk Council, with a total delivery budget across all eight Community Partnerships and the Community Partnership Board of £1,730,000. This money is earmarked to tackle priority issues that have been identified as important to our people and places in East Suffolk and each Community Partnership is spending their own budgets on projects and initiatives to make a difference on the ground in their communities.
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