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Health and Wellbeing Network

The VCSE 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 VCSE 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 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, which oversee services addressing health and wellbeing. CAS seeks to draw information from them, to champion VCSE representation and open up discussion.

How to join the VCSE Health and Wellbeing network

This network is open to all VCSE sector organisations. You will receive email updates when we have relevant news and information to share and occasional updates if urgent items need circulating, including a monthly Health and Wellbeing newsletter. You will receive agendas and notes for the Health and Wellbeing network meetings. The network meets in advance of 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 and other key strategic health meetings e.g. Alliance, ICS 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

The network also hosts events around specific issues and last year and spent a morning session together to look at the impact of loneliness and social isolation in Suffolk and what is already being done to tackle the issue.

By following the link below you can access the presentations from the day and a factsheet summarising official statistics on loneliness, these are results from the Community Life Survey.

VCSE Loneliness Forum

Meetings for the VCSE Health and Wellbeing network

2022 Meetings

  • Tuesday 18 January 2022 – 10.00am
  • Tuesday 08 March 2022 – 9.30am
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022 – 9.30am
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022 – 9.30am
  • Tuesday 20 September 2022 – 9.30am
  • Tuesday 15 November 2022 – 9.30am

  • VCSE representation at other strategic meetings
Name VCSE Representative What it does?Partner
Integrated Care System Board (ICS) Suffolk and North East Essex (covers West Suffolk, Ipswich/ East Suffolk & NE Essex) Christine Abraham An Integrated Care System joins up all parts of the health and care system including GPs, hospitals, community care and social care as well as physical and mental health services.   Our partnership includes all NHS organisations within the system, local government, other health sector bodies, local hospices, ambulance service and other community and voluntary sector organisations. Leadership for the system is drawn from across these local stakeholders.
Ipswich and East Suffolk Alliance     Kirsten Alderson Transformation and integration of health and social care Ipswich Hospital; Suffolk County Council; Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and Suffolk GP Federation, working with Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG  
West Suffolk Alliance   Jon Neal and Christine Abraham Our belief is that by working together in an Alliance we can have an impact on wellbeing, care and physical and mental health outcomes for people.   Suffolk County Council West Suffolk Foundation Trust The Suffolk GP Federation Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (mental health services) West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Daniel Norgrove -Voluntary Norfolk Partnership of local health and care organisations working together to improve the health, wellbeing and care of people living in Norfolk and Waveney.
West Suffolk Steering Group TBA    
Integrated Care System (ICS) Norfolk and Waveney   To be elected through Norfolk and Waveney VCSE  Assembly Integrated working across physical, social and mental health, delivering holistic care, improved patient experience and better outcomes.   Information on partners see link below:
VCSE Assembly Steering Group (covers Suffolk & Norfolk)   Christine Abraham (through development stage) Strengthen the relationships between the broad range of voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and organisations operating across Norfolk and Waveney, with local health and social care commissioners and providers. Voluntary Norfolk, Momentum, Community Action Norfolk, Community Action Suffolk and the statutory partners of the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care.
Mental Health Transformation Programme Implementation Group Kirsten Alderson          

Contact Information

Christine Abraham, CAS Chief Executive

Jon Neal, Chair – VCSE Health and Wellbeing Network

Belinda Couldridge, EA to CAS Chief Executive & ET

VCSE sector representation on the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board

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

Board Member: Jon Neal (Suffolk Mind)

Deputy Board Members: Kirsten Alderson, (Suffolk Family Carers) and Tibbs Pinter


Annual Public Health Report 2020 ‘A Time to Change: Working Towards Better Health for All in Suffolk’

Annual Public Health Report 2019 ‘Suffolk Through a Child’s Eyes’

The State of Suffolk Report 2019

Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy Refresh Strategy 2019-2022

Suffolk Prevention Strategy 2016-2021
Suffolk Lives Matter