How we are working

The Eastern LCP will be driven by a common effort and ambition which will help align our collective actions to achieve outcomes that are greater than the sum of the parts.

It will do this by:

  • supporting what communities are already doing by providing resources, support or funding
  • building strong local relationships and connections
  • strengthening local voices by engaging on an on-going basis with local people in our villages, towns and cities, ensuring co-production is at the heart of what we do
  • being inclusive to ensure any individual, community or organisation can participate and get involved
  • using and making available in-depth and up-to-date insight into the assets and challenges of each of the unique coastal and market towns and the city
  • connecting the coastal and market towns and the city through sharing knowledge, insight, data and approaches to build a mutually-supportive network
  • embracing a federal approach, with each organisation across the LCP retaining its independence, identity and uniqueness, whilst collectively being part of a larger team which collaborates to identify and address shared purposes and aspirations.

There is no blueprint for this partnership and we understand that the relationships and approaches will need time to evolve as we develop trust between the various partners.

However, we are equally aware that, collectively, we need to address the issues that confront us and make a real and tangible difference – not just talk about the problems.

Four initial priority areas have been proposed so far, based on some of the community conversations that have happened over recent years and an analysis of public health data.

These are:

  1. Mental health – with a particular focus on loneliness
  2. Support for unpaid carers
  3. Prevention
  4. Reducing pressure on urgent and emergency services

A plan for tackling each priority will be developed between the statutory bodies, the voluntary sector, communities and local people so that we can make a difference at a local level.

How each plan will be delivered across our diverse range of rural and urban areas may differ but each will have the same guiding principles:

  • Care and services will be wrapped around the individual
  • We’ll make it easy for people to understand how and where to access support
  • We will ask “What matters to you?” rather than “What’s wrong with you?”
  • We see parity of esteem between mental and physical health
  • We will apply the ethos of co-production – working with neighbourhoods, communities and organisations to achieve our vision
  • We will be transparent and honest between ourselves and in our collective role across the LCP, basing our collective approach on the principle “best intent”.
  • We will be inclusive to ensure any individual, community or organisation can participate, contribute and shape in a way that is meaningful for them.