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.

The Letter


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.

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