Partners across Sefton are embarking on an exciting journey promoting further resilience in people and places across the borough.
More than 38 CEOs and directors from across the area along with 12 national experts including the Early Intervention Foundation, Lord Andrew Mawson, Lord Paul Scriven, Ralph Broad and Anne Hayward all attended the Sefton Summit on Early Intervention and Prevention.
The purpose of the summit was to unite thinking and determine some joint action – to make prevention plans real and bring new solutions to the table.
The day was split into sections with debates looking at what resilience is and what good practice looks like, discussions looking at joint leadership and group work focused on delivering action and impact.
With the support and backing of partners from across Sefton, the exciting event was co-ordinated by Charlotte Bailey, Executive Director at Sefton Council. She said: “The summit was a real success and I have had so much positive feedback from the local executives and directors.
“Many people said it was a real start of a journey and the action that came out of it gave us an opportunity to work in less traditional ways. The engagement of business and the role of economic growth on social mobility was seen as an area of added value in the conversation.”
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are committed to working with others to try new ways of working and this event has opened the doors for us to be even more creative and forward thinking.
“The response to austerity and its impact on communities, businesses and public services could be a story of doom and gloom if we let it.
“However in Sefton we are rising to the challenge like never before and using innovation and partnership work to build resilience right across the borough.”
There were some core themes that emerged from the summit including an agreement to look at social entrepreneurship from the community, how to establish the right partnerships at the right time and how to work as a collaborative to jointly own the agenda.
Guests heard from national speakers about how the digital revolution is providing a modern day platform to build resilience; how communities’ personal skills and talents create resilience; how social entrepreneurship can take small ideas and grow them into large positive changes; how strategy does not create change but action does; how schools can act as hubs of activity and how investment in vital infrastructure can mobilise a community.
Charlotte Bailey added: “With regards to action that came out of the day, I was impressed with what emerged. We have a commitment to Bootle place shaping and a two-day workshop.
“We had commitment from a multi-agency group to trial a new prototype for working together at Litherland, developing a community-service-business model and an interesting idea at Seaforth about how four houses can enable regeneration around the Port through social entrepreneurship.
“There is a commitment to look at a pilot around asset based development and enhance what we do together around increasing digital skills.”
Angela White, CEO of Sefton CVS, said: “In Sefton we never sit still and wait for problems to happen. Instead we work hard to get ahead of the game and take proactive action.
“The Sefton Summit is a real example of this and a commitment from key leaders across the area to invest time and energy into promoting a resilient borough. These piece of action will help us learn across Sefton about how we grow the prevention and early intervention agenda. This really is an exciting time for us all.”
Chris Burgess, Regional Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, added: “This has been a great opportunity to pick up a joint conversation, to share skills and work together.”