What are Community Partnerships?

Community partnerships bring together people from various organisations. This can be local groups, voluntary organisations, charities, GP practices and local council teams that work together to improve the health and wellbeing of people in their area. Each partnership focuses on a community of between 30,000 and 60,000 people.

Community partnerships are a way of helping to keep people Happy, Healthy, at Home by providing joined up health, care and wellbeing services in their local community through local decision-making and partnership working. 

As community partnerships develop across Bradford district and Craven, it’s vital that local people are involved and represented. Healthwatch and community partnerships are working together to ensure that communities and individuals can be involved and heard.

What people told us in The Big Conversation:

In 2017 Healthwatch led a project called The Big Conversation, to find out from local people what mattered most for the future of health and care

  • they wanted to be part of the conversation about health and wellbeing 
  • they wanted a focus on wellbeing and prevention of ill health
  • they wanted care closer to home – services in the right place that they can use when they need them
  • they wanted to be involved in service design that considers the experiences of patients, family and carers 
  • they wanted improved access to primary care (GP services) 
  • they wanted to live as well and as independently as possible for as long as possible 
  • they wanted protection of community-based services, in particular voluntary and community sector services

What people told us became the foundation of the plan for health and wellbeing in Bradford district and Craven – the Happy, Healthy, at Home strategy

What keeps you Happy, Healthy, at Home?

Healthwatch and the community partnerships now want to continue that conversation with you and want to understand from you what keeps you Happy, Healthy, at Home. To help us with this we need to listen to you and understand:

  • What does being Happy, Healthy, at Home mean to you?
  • What do you love about your neighbourhood?
  • What is it about your neighbourhood that makes it a healthy place? What would you like to see changed?
  • What do you do to stay healthy and look after yourself and how does your community support you?
  • Are you involved in activities in your neighbourhood? What are they/do you know what is available for you?

We will be feeding back your views to health and social care partners so that we can all work together to build a healthier future for the people of Bradford District and Craven.

How to get involved:

From October through to the New Year, Healthwatch and our community partners will be out and about across the district providing opportunities for you to get involved and for you to tell us what you think. We really want to hear from you. Come and say hello when we are in your community:

Monday 21 October: From 10am to 12pm you can find us at Shipley Market (Market Square, Shipley, BD18 3QJ). Or join in a focus group from 1pm to 3pm at Peaselands (Westcliffe Road, Shipley, BD18 3DX). We will then be out and about in Shipley from 3pm to 5pm, do say hello!

Tuesday 22 October: Come and talk to us when we are out and about in Windhill, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Or join the focus group at Windhill Medical Centre (2 Church Street, Shipley, BD18 2NR) from 2pm to 4pm. You can find us from 4pm to 5pm at Windhill Community Centre (Church street, Shipley, BD18 2NR).

Wednesday 23 October: From 11am to 1pm, let your views be heard by joining the focus group at Kirkgate Centre (39 kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EH). You will have the opportunity to be in front of the camera if you would like to be filmed or photographed as you share your thoughts. 

Thursday 24 October: From 10am to 12pm you can find us at Bracken Hall (Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA) - come along and tell us what you think. We will be out and about in Baildon from 1pm to 4pm so make sure you talk to us if you see us.

Monday 28 October: Get involved by joining our focus group, from 11.30am to 1.30pm, at Thornbury Centre (Leeds Old Road, Bradford, BD3 8JQ). You will have the opportunity to be in front of the camera if you would like to be filmed or photographed as you share your thoughts. From 12pm to 5pm we will be out and about in Thornbury and Laisterdyke, so if you see us, say hello! 

Tuesday 29 October: From 10am to 11.30am you can get involved in our focus group at Womenszone (19 Hubert Street, Bradford, BD3 9TE).

Friday 1 November: If you see us around Barker End, from 12pm to 5pm, say hello to us and have your say. 

Watch this space for more dates and details of where we will be.

Join the Twitter conversation: #HwHappyHealthyAtHome and tag us @HealthwatchBfd

For more information get in touch


You can support our work by printing this flyer and passing it on to people in your local community within Bradford district.

Happy, Healthy, at Home flyer

Communities we have visited:

Monday 14 October: Wyke, including Sunnybank Medical Practice, Wyke Healthcare Champion Sessions

Tuesday 15 October: Queensbury, including Queensbury Community Project

Thursday 17 October: Denholme, including Denholme Mechanics Institute

Friday 18 October: Clayton, including Clayton Village Hall