Posted on 21st February 2019
Residents, voluntary and community groups, businesses and representatives from across the public sector in Sutton met up to discuss the future of The Sutton Plan on 7 February. The event started with a review of what has been achieved over the past year or so through our partnership work in Sutton.
Mary Morrissey, interim Chief Executive for Sutton Council, talked about the Domestic Abuse Transformation Board, Anna Cassin explained how the Sutton Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network was established and Alison Navarro outlined the findings of the Fairness Commission.
Following this we looked at some of the challenges facing the borough and where we might want to focus our attention next. Speakers looked at three questions identified through engagement and evidence from the past 18 months:
Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health outlined some of the issues regarding school readiness in Sutton and challenged the partnership to come together to do better. Jonathan Williams, Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding, proposed some principle for partners to work through together.
Finally, Michelle Blagrove from Age UK Sutton outlined some of the effects of loneliness and talked about some of the intergenerational work that Age UK have planned to bring older and younger people together to learn how to cook. All of these speakers inspired some really positive and creative conversations in the following group work and some clear themes outlined below began to emerge for future work:
A few people mentioned that there is a need to review the partnership list and to consider methods to sharing this and so we will be looking at how to take this forward in due course.