Health and Wellbeing network

The Health and Wellbeing network is one of a number of specialist networks facilitated by Community Action Suffolk for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Suffolk.

This network complements our Health and Wellbeing work.

How to join the network

This network is open to all VCSE sector organisations, which you can join by becoming a CAS member (membership is free). You will receive email updates when we have relevant news and information to share, including a bi-monthly Health and Wellbeing newsletter. The network meets in advance of the bi-monthly Health and Wellbeing Board.

Purpose of the Health and Wellbeing network

  • To provide a reference group for the VCSE sector representatives on the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board providing feedback on the Board agenda
  • To provide a forum in which to raise issues for VCSE sector organisations around health and wellbeing
  • A place in which to engage with key partner agencies who offer services and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of Suffolk residents
  • Reports on its actions to the VCSE sector locality networks

Meetings of the Health and Wellbeing network

Future Health and Wellbeing Network meetings Venue Agenda items and papers
14 November 2017 Healthwatch Suffolk, Ipswich
Previous Health and Wellbeing Network meetings Venue Meeting minutes and papers
24 October 2017 Brightspace, Ipswich
5 September 2017 Age UK, Ipswich
11 July 2017 Brightspace, Ipswich
16 May 2017 The CRESS Pavilion, Ipswich
21 March 2017 Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Ipswich
23 January 2017 Suffolk Family Carers, Ipswich
14 November 2016 Suffolk Mind, Ipswich


VCSE sector representation on the Health and Wellbeing Board

Your VCSE sector representatives are elected by VCSE sector representatives sit on the Health and Wellbeing Board for three years.  They are:

  • Board Member: Nicola Bradford, CEO Limeskills
  • Deputy Board Member: Kirsten Alderson, CEO Suffolk Family Carers

What does CAS do to support the representation?

The VCSE sector Health and Wellbeing Network (above) supports the work of the representatives and is a place where you can have direct input to the Health and Wellbeing Board agenda

CAS provides regular updates on the main issues that the Board is considering through the Health and Wellbeing bulletin. It includes information about related consultations and engagement events in the “Have Your Say” section. To receive the bulletin and other Health and Wellbeing information, simply become a CAS member (free) and check the Health and Wellbeing updates box.

About the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board

Set up as a committee of Suffolk County Council in accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board has a duty to encourage integrated working between health, care, police, and other public services to improve the wellbeing of Suffolk residents.

The Board has 23 members including members and officers from the County Council, Suffolk’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS England, HealthWatch Suffolk, the police, the police and crime commissioner, district and borough councils and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector.

Health and Wellbeing Board strategic priorities

The work of the Board is guided by the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-2019 The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-2019. The Strategy has 4 Outcomes:

  • Outcome one: Every child in Suffolk has the best start in life
  • Outcome two: Improving independent life for people with physical and learning disabilities
  • Outcome three: Older people in Suffolk have a good quality of life
  • Outcome four: People in Suffolk have the opportunity to improve their mental health and wellbeing

With four crosscutting and connecting themes:

  • Stronger/Resilient Communities
  • Embedding Prevention
  • Addressing Inequalities
  • Health and Care Integration

Meetings and papers for the Health and Wellbeing Board

Future Health and Wellbeing Board events Venue Agenda items
16 November 2017 Endeavour House, Ipswich
  •  Agenda TBC
20 January 2018 Endeavour House, Ipswich
  •  Agenda TBC
15 March 2018 Riverside, Lowestoft
  •  Agenda TBC
Previous Health and Wellbeing Board events Venue Agenda items Feedback from VCSE sector representatives
7 September 2017 Riverside, Lowestoft
  •  Agenda TBC
 Read feedback
13 July 2017 Endeavour House, Ipswich Read feedback
23 March 2017 Riverside, Lowestoft
  • Mental health in Suffolk
Read feedback
26 January 2017 Endeavour House, Ipswich
  • Suffolk Minds Matter
  • Strong Resilient Communities
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans
Read feedback
17 November 2016 West Suffolk House, Bury St. Edmunds
  • Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • VCSE Engagement Strategy
  • Poverty Strategy
  • Family 2020 Strategy
Available here
8 September 2016 Riverside, Lowestoft
  • NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans
  • Domestic Abuse Interim Report
21 July 2016 Endeavour House, Ipswich
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans
  • Volunteering Strategy Action Plan

Health and Wellbeing network contact

Geraldine Dougall, Senior Development Officer – Health
01473 345367