Major conference seeks to improve partnership working across the borough

Release Date: 11 July 2017

Over 100 local organisations from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors came together last Friday to showcase their experiences, share best practice and further develop partnership working.

The Richmond Partnership Conference, held at the RFU, aimed to discuss ‘Change, Challenge and Choice.’ With attendees ranging from the Council, local Police, RHP, Richmond Adult Community College, Richmond Theatre, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, St Mary’s University, Haymarket Media and The Alzheimer’s Society.

This year’s conference focused on collaborative working across different sectors, with the recognition that we now all need to think within a business environment, even if we are not operating within the commercial world. The conference looked at some of the key issues faced by all sectors.

Delegates discussed issues such as ‘Community in Action’ with films and presentations from the Olympic Cinema, Save the High Street, Haymarket Media Group and Minesoft, a company working with the Richmond Bid. Each showed how commercial organisations work alongside the community to develop thriving businesses which meet local residents’ needs and which can offer opportunities for the voluntary and community sector.

They also took part in a number of workshops addressing the issues Richmond Partnership members had identified as important to support the community and commercial sectors in the borough, looking at apprenticeships and training, wellbeing in the workplace, work place opportunities, equipping people with the right skills, collaborative working across sectors and the digital agenda.

The day concluded with a question and answer session with the Deputy Leader of Richmond Council - Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cathy Maker from Ruils, Anne Newton from the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Sue Buckland from local business - Hurley Burley.

The conference provided a wealth of ideas which will now be developed in to action plans for consideration by the Executive Group of The Richmond Partnership; the service leads across all sectors who shape the services and development of the borough.

Cllr Pamela Fleming said:

“This event is an important milestone in the annual Richmond Partnership calendar. Over 100 local organisations who provide vital services, support, education or commercial activities in the borough came together to share their experiences and highlight the key needs to ensure that Richmond is a borough which nurtures entrepreneurs and ensures all sectors of business have access to skilled staff and the support they need to thrive.

“We shared ideas, experiences and knowledge. We discussed the challenges ahead. But most importantly we looked at how we can all work more closely together.

“Richmond upon Thames is a beautiful borough, we have some of the best schools, a diverse range of businesses, some of the safest streets and the healthiest residents. But – that doesn’t come without its challenges.

“We all know that there are vulnerable people in this borough that need an increased level of support. The Council cannot do this alone. We all need to work together to ensure that everyone can lead a happy and healthy life, with opportunities to learn, develop and fulfil their potential.”

Colin Cooper, Chief Executive of South West London Environment Network, attended the Conference. He said:

“This was a great opportunity to bring together all the key organisations in the borough, big and small. All play a vital role in improving the lives of local people.

“There were some great ideas discussed, including the need to make more of the digital agenda. It was very thought provoking.”

Find out more about the Richmond Partnership.

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Reference: P324/17

Updated: 31 July 2017