Over sixty representatives from within Wirral’s voluntary, community and faith sectors visited The Lauries in Birkenhead to participate in the Wirral Together Communities Forum. Organised by Community Action: Wirral, an organisation which promotes, supports, engages and involves work happening in and around Wirral communities.
The forum objective was to discuss ways in which people can work together in making Wirral a better place for all. The attendees were joined were joined by representatives from Wirral Council, Wirral NHS Community Trust, and Wirral Chamber of Commerce in presenting about how this can be achieved.
Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, opened the event in highlighting the vision for the third sector in it role as being a key element of Wirral’s social economy, she said, “It is vitally important that we all must be aware that each and everyone of us can play a significant part in creating a better place for the people of Wirral and the generations to come. It is something which Wirral Chamber of Commerce places great importance and we will continue working with Community Action: Wirral and our partners in moving forward.”
David Hammond, Director of Strategy from the Wirral Community Trust, introduced a place based care and the neighbourhood model that health and social care partners are working to, providing an opportunity to understand how the model has evolved, what it looks like and how the charity sector can work with colleagues in delivering place based care for the good of Wirral’s communities.
Nikki Jones, Wirral Council’s Senior Public Health Manager, updated the audience about the Wirral Together Strategy, a key strategic document which articulates ambitions related to volunteering and community involvement to assist in the delivery of the Wirral Plan.
Nicola Butterworth, Assistant Director of Wirral Council Commercial Management, discussed the Council’s procurement teams in working with third sector organisations to ensure that the Council is receiving best value on products and services from local organisations whilst developing and sustaining the local social and charity sector.