More than 160 key people from across East Suffolk attended the annual ESP Forum, staged at Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park on Friday, 21 November 2014.
‘Delivering benefits together by capitalising on what is good in East Suffolk' was the theme for this year's Forum. The conference aimed 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.
Colin Law, Chairman of the East Suffolk Partnership, said: “We have a proud record of collaboration in East Suffolk and this forum offers us a real opportunity to work together to develop new and innovative ways that will bring significant benefits.
“The aim of the ESP forum is to focus on recognising, valuing, and investing in all the fantastic assets, including people we have in East Suffolk. We don't have to look far to see that East Suffolk has many nationally and internationally celebrated assets.”
“The ultimate aim of our annual forum is to bring different groups and organisations together so we can explore ways of working more successfully and collaboratively to build on what is good about East Suffolk.”
The keynote speaker for this year's Forum was BBC Springwatch producer, James Smith who praised the support from the community his team received while filming the latest series of the programme at RSPB Minsmere. He said: “The first thing we noticed about the people of Suffolk was their can-do attitude.”
James celebrated the collaboration of people in East Suffolk which he said helped his team to create the most successful series of Springwatch to date. The combination of the unique location, diversity of species and rare species of birds are what the producer said made the programme so successful this year. James said: “We're hoping to stay at Minsmere for the next two years and I can't wait to start filming again next year.”
Delegates from voluntary organisations, the private sector, community groups, local authorities and other local public sector organisations, town and parish councils, young people, healthcare professionals and other local organisations as well as central government departments and bodies joined together at the event which was supported by the East of England LGA.
As part of the conference, delegates took part in a series of workshops and seminars with expert practitioners giving their advice. This importantly helps the partnership to develop their priorities for the future.