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.


News and information about health issues in Suffolk

Our Health and Wellbeing network supports the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board representatives (see below). Its regular meetings allow you to have direct input to Suffolk’s Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board agenda. We send a bi-monthly Health and Wellbeing newsletter to the network providing updates on national, regional and local policies, changes to county services and news about other meetings and forum.

There is a complex web of partnerships and forums in Suffolk. Many oversee services which address health and wellbeing. CAS seeks to draw information from them, to champion voluntary sector representation and open up discussion. We invite voluntary sector members to post important issues for the sector.


How to join the Health and Wellbeing network

  • Become a CAS member (membership is free)
  • Choose “Health and Wellbeing” from specialist areas

This network is open to all VCSE sector organisations. 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 for the Health and Wellbeing network

Future meetings Venue Agenda items and papers
Thursday 17 January 2019

9.30 a.m

Brightspace  TBC
Tuesday 28 February 2019

9.30 a.m

 Brightspace TBC
Tuesday 2 April 2019

9.30 a.m

 Brightspace  TBC
Thursday 2 May 2019

9.30 p.m

 Brightspace TBC
Thursday  23 May 2019

9.30 a.m

 Brightspace TBC
Tuesday  25 June 2019

9.30 a.m

 Brightspace TBC
Tuesday 23 July 2019

9.30 a.m

 Brightspace TBC
Tuesday 20 August 2019
9.30 a.m
 Brightspace TBC
Thursday 19 September 2019

9.30 a.m

 Brightspace TBC
Tuesday 29 October 2019

9.30 a.m

 Brightspace, Ipswich TBC
Previous meetings
12 June 2018 Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
10 July 2018 9.30 a.m Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
August TBA Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
4 September 2018

9.30 a.m

Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
9 October 2018 Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
6th November 2018 2:00pm Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
15 May 2018 9.30 a.m. Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
17 April 2018 9:30am Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
12 March 2018  Brightspace, Ipswich Coming soon
23 January 2018 Brightspace, Ipswich Agenda
14 November 2017 Healthwatch Suffolk, Ipswich Agenda / Health and Wellbeing Board Agenda – Briefing / Minutes
24 October 2017 Brightspace, Ipswich Agenda / Minutes
5 September 2017 Age UK, Ipswich Agenda / Health and Wellbeing Board Agenda – Briefing / Minutes
11 July 2017 Brightspace, Ipswich Minutes
16 May 2017 The CRESS Pavilion, Ipswich Minutes / Suffolk County Council Adult and Community Care / Social Prescribing
21 March 2017 Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Ipswich Minutes / Mental Health Programme – discussion paper
23 January 2017 Suffolk Family Carers, Ipswich Minutes
14 November 2016 Suffolk Mind, Ipswich Minutes

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: Kirsten Alderson, (CEO Suffolk Family Carers)
  • Deputy Board Members: Jon Neal (Suffolk Mind) and Tibbs Pinter (Suffolk Young People’s Health Project: 4YP)


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.


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.


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 meetings Venue Agenda items

Thursday 7 March 2019


Endeavour House  TBC
Thursday 16 May 2019


Endeavour House  TBC
 Thursday 11 July 2019


Endeavour House  TBC
Thursday 5 September 2019


Riverside, Lowestoft  TBC
Tuesday 29 October

9.30 a.m

Endeavour House  TBC
Previous meetings
17 May 2018 Endeavour House, Ipswich TBC
12 July 2018 TBC TBC
6 September 2018 TBC TBC
8th November 2018 TBC TBC
15 March 2018 Riverside, Lowestoft Agenda
25 January 2018 Endeavour House, Ipswich Health and Wellbeing Board Agenda – A short briefing
16 November 2017 Endeavour House, Ipswich Agenda / Paper: Suffolk in 20 years – healthy, wealthy and wise? / Read feedback
7 September 2017 Riverside, Lowestoft Agenda / Read feedback
13 July 2017 Endeavour House, Ipswich Agenda / 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 / Read feedback
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

Pete Richardson, Chief Executive