The East Suffolk Partnership's annual Forum celebrated its biggest Forum to date on Friday 11 November at the Trinity Park Conference Centre, Bucklesham.
The theme of this year's conference was ‘the future of east Suffolk' and attracted a wide variety of delegates from local businesses, Town and Parish councils, voluntary organisations, health services, the police, local councils, and education. The event focussed on providing a ‘time out' from our continually changing world to look towards the future of east Suffolk and posed to delegates how to take advantage of the emerging opportunities and challenges.
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. Once again, the events were supported by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils and the East of England LGA.
The decision to focus on ‘the future of east Suffolk' this year was because the event comes at a really significant time for us all, as we are increasingly seeking to collaborate in our delivery of local activities and services at all levels. This is particularly pertinent for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, who are seeking to create a new ‘super district' council for east Suffolk.
The key note speakers for this year's forum were Stephen Baker, Chief Executive of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, Stephen Javes, Chief Executive of Orwell Housing and Chairman of Community Action Suffolk, and Roger Wright, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music who spoke about their vision for the future of east Suffolk.
Colin Law, Chairman of the East Suffolk Partnership, said: “Once again, we were fully booked today, which I think, says a lot about the culture of collaboration we have here in east Suffolk.
This Forum continues to be the perfect platform to bring individuals, partners and organisations together to think about the future and how we can prosper in these changing times and the ESP is just one important mechanism by which we can deliver positive action on them.
The ESP is constantly evolving to reflect the changing economic climate in which we operate - and I am sure we will continue to evolve in the future. What is constant, though, is the impact we can have by coming together to tackle the issues that matter to the people of east Suffolk.”
The outcomes from the event were collated and discussed by the ESP Board on 14 December to help shape future activity.