Pledge to create an age-friendly culture in Sutton

Posted on 6th March 2020

We at Sutton Council with Age UK Sutton and partners from across the borough have pledged to create an age-friendly culture in Sutton to ensure the contribution of our older people is valued and maximised.

The ambitious commitment that was launched Age UK Sutton’s annual review on 14 January 2020, will now be submitted to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Communities programme for their prestigious “age-friendly” status. 

Joining the WHO’s initiative will allow the Sutton Plan partners to learn and share the journey towards becoming age friendly with others around the world.

Throughout 2020, Age UK Sutton will be hosting a variety of events to listen to Sutton residents and find out how best the Council and partners can build on the work that has already been done and improve life in Sutton for older people. The partners want to use these events as an opportunity to ensure that they focus on the areas that will have the biggest impact for older people locally, and would like as many people as possible to share their views to help them understand where these are. 

Age UK Sutton’s Chief Executive Nicola Upton said: “Being age friendly is about the type of place that we are, the services that we offer people, but also the kind of lives that we want everybody to have as a community together.” 

“I’m really pleased that the London Borough of Sutton is signing up to the World Health Organisation’s Age Friendly Communities Programme, and am proud that Age UK Sutton is working in partnership with Sutton Council to deliver this programme.”

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, added: “I’m so pleased we’ve decided to make this a priority. We shouldn’t just value and respect older people living in this borough; we should also listen to them and understand their expertise, their years of learning, their skills and how much they can offer to people in the community.”

“We’ve done a lot of work around dementia, which is one small but important aspect of all of this. We’re thinking a lot about transport: we’ve got the Go Sutton bus, which is providing opportunities for people to get around the borough more easily. But there’s still so much more we need to be doing and that’s why we need organisations like Age UK Sutton to help us understand where we need to make these improvements and work with us to deliver them.”

Sutton Council and Age UK Sutton have committed to making the London Borough of Sutton an age friendly place to live, with support from partners across health and voluntary sectors, who work together on The Sutton Plan.

To find out more about the council’s work on becoming an age- friendly borough contact 

The Power of Partnership Working in Sutton

Posted on 8th January 2020

On the 9 December 2019, Sutton Plan partners braved the elements to meet and discuss how we continue to create a thriving Sutton for everyone. 

We launched the Sutton Plan in 2018 with the simple, but ambitious, aim of creating:

A better quality of life and opportunities for people, in a place that is supported by inclusive and sustainable growth and a system of health and care that is shaped around their needs.

The vision is simple. Solutions to the problems we are seeking to solve are often not. 

Our recent event gave us the opportunity to consider what we have achieved so far through our collective work on addressing domestic abuse and helping children get the best start in life in our borough. It gave us an opportunity to reflect on how we can continue to work well together in the future. We also thought about how we can improve our support for older people in Sutton.

Reflecting on the Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme, Steve Tucker (MD, Sutton Housing Partnership) spoke about the power that true partnership working can bring and reminded us: 

  • Partnership working needs to be worked at, and it can be difficult!
  • Partnership working should be seen as an investment for the medium- to long-term.
  • Involving people who use services is really important!  They will help you to see where your services aren’t working as well as they could.
  • Working together and focusing on clients as people helps us to look beyond our silos.

We’ve all committed to reflect on these important points as we move into the New Year and continue to progress work on helping children and young families early and making Sutton an age-friendly borough. 

By continuing to seek ways to nurture and develop our partnership further and by thinking “Sutton first”, we will see more coordinated services, cross-sector working, earlier intervention and stronger communities – for the benefit of all Sutton residents.

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Further information

For more information or to get involved with any of the Sutton Plan priority areas (Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme; Children’s Review and Early Help Programme; Age-friendly Sutton) please contact Simon Breeze, Policy and Projects Manager (Insight and Partnerships) at Sutton Council.

Sutton Health and Care Plan Discussion Document

Posted on 6th June 2019

Health and care organisations in Sutton are working more closely together as a partnership to make care better for local people. This will involve services being more joined–up and organised around what the individual needs, not by organisational boundaries.

Working together makes sense for professional staff and people from different organisations involved in delivering and supporting care. This provides greater opportunities to build strong and supportive care networks with different skills and roles, all focussed on better and more efficient health and care for the people of Sutton.

Leaders in Sutton of the NHS, the Local Authority, the Voluntary Sector and Healthwatch have over the past year reviewed the population’s health needs and current services, listened to local people, and have worked towards identifying shared local priorities.

We want to work together to support people in Sutton to start well, live well and age well, and have therefore used the learning from our reviews and what people have told us to develop a Sutton Health and Care Plan discussion document.

The discussion document sets out our aspirations for developing and delivering a number of initiatives over the next five years that will help us address our identified priorities. We will use this discussion document over the coming months to continue the conversation with people and communities most involved in and affected by the initiatives, about how they can help us put these into action. We hope the discussion document and summary provides you with a useful overview of our intentions to deliver better integrated health and care services.

We would be interested to hear your views on our discussion document by completing our survey ( by Friday, 21 June.

You can let us know if you have any other comments by contacting