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 we engaged with you in Autumn 2019:

From October to December 2019 Healthwatch and our community partners went out and about across the district, providing opportunities for you to get involved and tell us what you think. We really wanted to hear from you and were delighted by the response. A final report is now in progress, due for completion by the end of March 2020.

A big THANK YOU to all those of you who took part!

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

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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 engaged with from October to December 2019:

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

Monday 21 October: Shipley, including Shipley Market and Peaselands

Tuesday 22 October: Windhill, including Windhill Medical Centre and Windhill Community Centre

Wednesday 23 October: Kirkgate Centre, Shipley 

Thursday 24 October: Bracken Hall, Baildon 

Monday 28 October: Thornbury Centre 

Tuesday 29 October: Laisterdyke Centre 

Wednesday 30 October: Barker End and Karmand Centre

Monday 18 November: Morrell Court in Holme Wood, Wilsden Village Hall and Highfield Medical Centre in Tong

Tuesday 19 November: Highfield Medical Centre,Tong and Cardigan House, Bingley

Wednesday 20 November: Bingley Library and Baildon Methodist Church

Thursday 21 November: Cullingworth and Keighley areas and Haworth Medical Practice

Friday 22 November: Holycroft and Silsden Medical Practices, Keighley

Monday 25 November:  Café West, Allerton, Bradford

Tuesday 26 November: engagement work in Girlington and Heaton, Bradford

Wednesday 27 November: JAMES Project, Frizinghall, Girlington Advice Centre, Lower Grange Community Centre, Allerton and Fairweather Green, Bradford

Thursday 28 November: Café West, Allerton, Bradford, People First Keighley and Wrose, Shipley

Friday 29 November: Thornton Community Library and Shipley

Saturday 30 November 2019: Clayton Village Hall, Clayton

Tuesday 3 December: Rockwell Community Centre and Thackley, Bradford

Wednesday 4 December: Idle Medical Practice and Idle Library, Bradford

Thursday 5 December: Eccleshill Leisure Centre, Gateway Centre and Springfield Youth Centre, Bradford

Friday 6 December: Apperley Bridge and Greengates, Bradford

Monday 9 December: West Bowling Community Centre and Bradford city centre

Tuesday 10 December: Bradford city centre and Bradford City Library

Wednesday 11 December: Mayfield Centre and Quaker Meeting House and Great Horton, Bradford

Thursday 12 December: Bradford Immigration and Asylum Seekers Support & Advice Network and Little Horton, Bradford

Monday 16 December: engagement among the communities of Wharfedale

Tuesday 17 December: Silsden Methodist Church and the community of Skipton

Wednesday 18 December: Ilkley Library and the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley

Thursday 19 December: the community of Gargrave and Settle Community Library

Friday 20 December: engagement with the communities of Craven.