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With changes in the way the NHS, local authorities and other public sector bodies are run, it is important we continue to work effectively with our communities to make sure we are delivering high quality services in the right place and at the right time for our populations.

Community partnerships are a way of delivering integrated community health, care and wellbeing services through local decision-making and partnership working. Each partnership focuses on a community of between 30,000 and 60,000 people - you can find more information on our community partnerships here

As community partnerships develop across Bradford district and Craven, it’s vital that local people and the voluntary and community sector (VCS) are represented.

The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are supporting each community partnership to develop their own plans for engaging and involving people, in the way that best works for their population. 

We are promoting the values and principles of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach which focuses on community development. This builds on the strengths that are found with in the community and helps individuals, associations and institutions come together to further develop. You can read more about ABCD here

In the 10 Bradford community partnership areas, VCS Anchor Organisations have been identified to connect communities with this new way of working. You can read more about these community partnerships here.

Small grants funding has been invested to support and activate grassroots community activities and ideas which will improve the health and wellbeing of local people. You can read more about the ABCD Small Grants Funding here.

There are a number of transformation programmes which are being support by these grants. An example of this is South Bradford Yoga, supported by the Royds Community Association, which has enabled a local software engineer to set up these community sessions. You can find out more here.

In Airedale and Wharfedale, the Community Partnerships have held successful ‘open space’ events to understand what local people care about and what action the community wants to take forward to improve wellbeing:

Find more ways to get involved here.

Take part in our engagement activities and consultations here.

Discover more details on what engagement work we are doing here.

Or find out how you are also helping us make a difference to improve health services here.