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Major health conference throws spotlight on Suffolk communities

Wednesday, 21st October 2015.

During the biggest health and wellbeing conference in the calendar, Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board today debated the topic of ‘neighbourliness’, exploring what makes Suffolk a great place to live. The keynote speaker at this year’s event was Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the RSA.

The focus for senior representatives from the county’s voluntary sector, local government, NHS, police and others was showcasing the many active community schemes and projects that keep people healthy, happy and well in Suffolk. This includes good neighbour schemes, dementia friendly communities, care farming and workplace health.

The Board also encouraged Suffolk people to join the discussion by having their say on what they value about their communities and how they support each other to lead healthy, happy lives.

Chairman of Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr Alan Murray said: “This event is an opportunity to discuss everything that makes Suffolk a great place to live and work. Reflecting on the positive people, community groups and initiatives that support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our residents.

“Tackling loneliness and addressing social isolation in our neighbourhoods are important areas of focus as well as helping those residents with underlying conditions such as dementia. With current reforms to public services in the UK signalling a more active role for people looking after their own health and wellbeing, I am confident that this event will build on our history of working together for a healthier county in years to come.”

In advance of today’s event, people from Beccles, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich were quizzed about what they valued about where they live. Their feedback was used as part of the event, along with an afternoon debate on what makes strong communities.

Social media users are encouraged to join the discussion now on Twitter at #healthysuffolk or by email healthandwellbeing@suffolk.gov.uk

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