The future of partnership working in East Suffolk was under the spotlight at a special conference on Friday, 22 November 2013.
More than 200 key people from groups across East Suffolk attended the first annual East Suffolk Partnership (ESP) Forum, staged at Trinity Park Conference Centre.
The aim of the conference was to help build better partnership working in East Suffolk, allowing the delegates the opportunity to meet members of the East Suffolk Partnership Board and hear about progress in developing a collaborative approach to working across east Suffolk.
And the delegates also took part in a series of workshops, with expert practitioners giving their advice, which will also help to develop the ESP's priorities for the future.
“This Forum is being staged at a time when many local organisations are under increasing pressure to work together to deliver their products or services. The strength of the turn out today shows that local organisations and business leaders recognise the need for more effective collaboration in this area,” said Ray Herring, Chairman of the East Suffolk Partnership.
“The ESP represents a new start for collaborative working in East Suffolk and this Forum gives people the chance to learn more about our work, while also helping us to develop our priorities for the future.”
“There is a growing commitment to collaboration at all levels. We want to harness that commitment, build a better understanding of the challenges facing these organisation and work together to find a way forward.
”Delegates have been drawn from voluntary organisations, the private sector, community groups, local authorities and other local public sector organisations, town and parish councils, young people, faith groups, healthcare professionals, older people's representatives and other local organisations as well as central government departments and bodies.
|Dr Andy Wood|
The keynote speaker for the Forum was Dr Andy Wood, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
“The objectives of the ESP are consistent with those of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. As such, I welcomed this opportunity to come along and talk to the delegates at the Forum to help develop a mutual appreciation of where the economic opportunities lie for East Suffolk,” said Andy.
The East Suffolk Partnership (ESP) was created on 1 April 2012 after a review of the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Local Strategic Partnerships recognised the benefit of improving the way organisations worked together in the area.
The ESP is a non statutory, non executive organisation that brings together organisations from the public, business, community and voluntary sectors to support each other and work together to achieve common priorities.