Wychavon Partners together

Our 'Partners Together' events bring together public, private and voluntary sector organisations to explore our response to key issues and challenges affecting the Wychavon district.  The events are sponsored by our Localism and Community Funding Advisory Panel.  Our next event will take place in 2019.


The best start in life - 20 June 2018

Wychavon is one of the best places to live in the UK, yet has been ranked as one of the worst for social mobility.  This event focused on early years provision and how partners can work together to give all the district's children the best start in life.

Attendees heard about the importance of a good start in life, the local context on social mobility, what stops children achieving and practical solutions to breaking down barriers.  Workshop sessions explored take up of pre-school education and parenting support , achieving school readiness and healthy early years.  The programme for the morning concluded with a panel session. You can view the slides from the event and read our write-up here.


Visit Wychavon - tourism opportunities and challenges - 29 September 2017

This event examined the state of tourism in Wychavon - how we can make the most of the district's assets and attract more visitors.  Delegates watched a film highlighting why Wychavon is such a great place to visit. Nigel Huddleston MP told us that the area should be taking advantage of the current boost to UK to tourism by attracting more overseas visitors.  We heard the results of the Wychavon visitor survey and an economic assessment into the impact of tourism, plus the challenges of marketing the district as a visitor destination.  Masterclasses covered a range of topics including using food and drink as your USP, attracting international visitors and running a successful social media campaign. The programme concluded with a panel session and the opportunity for participants to sample some local food and drink products.


Healthy, happy, active and supported - 16 November 2016

The purpose of our fifth Partners Together event was to look at the key health issues of physical activity, mental health and alcohol and how we can work better together to help people in Wychavon live longer and healthier lives.  There was a lively start to the day with a Wake and Shake film, that you can watch below. The packed programme included presentations from national and local public health experts and topic based workshops.  We heard that while people are living longer, the gap between how long we live and years of good health is getting bigger. To find out more view the slides here or read our write-up of the event.

Wake and Shake!

Here’s the Wake and Shake film that we made with St Peter’s CE First School in Droitwich Spa as part of the recent Partners Together event.  These children certainly are healthy, happy and active.  What a brilliant way to start the day!



A roof over your head- 13 April 2016

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about local housing issues and to explore whether we are building enough housing of the right type to meet needs.  Keynote speaker, Kerry Stevens from the Homes and Communities Agency, told delegates that by 2020 in areas of high demand home ownership will be an impossible dream for people who aren't already on the housing ladder.  The programme also included a presentation about the state of housing in Wychaovn, a developer's perspective, a film with residents talking about what it's like living in Wychavon and a lively panel discussion. To find out more view the slides here or read the event write-up.

Skills for success - 4 November 2015

This event looked at skills challenges for 16 to 24 year olds. Our keynote speaker, Carl Arntzen who is CEO of Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd, told delegates a shortage of skilled workers is the biggest threat to the local economy.  The programme also included presentations about the range of skills support on offer across Worcestershire, two films, a chat with two apprentices and a lively panel discussion. To find out more view the event slides and read the event write-up.

Are Wychavon residents ageing well? - 19 March 2015

This event focused on on how partners can work together to ensure that an ageing population with an increasing life expectancy, is an active, healthy and happy one.  Jennifer Taylor from Cotswold District Council presented the results of research into the scale and extent of loneliness and isolation in the Cotswold district's over 65s. The programme also included some facts about Wychavon's over 65s, a film about growing older in Wychavon and information about Wychavon Rural Communities programme.  To find out out more you can view the event slides here or read our write-up of the event.

All about culture - 27 November 2014

There was a packed programme for our first Partners Together event, which focused on the theme of culture.  Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the mac Birmingham, Dorothy Wilson, spoke passionately about what culture is and why it matters. We watched a film about what Wychavon residents think about culture and our Arts Development Officer, Jenny Davis, highlighted many of the things we already support across the district.

Councillor Tomlinson told us that local authorities need to be facilitators and enablers, bringing others together to drive culture and the arts. The room was buzzing as participants discussed what's already great about culture in Wychavon and what more we could do better together.  You can find out more by reading our write-up of the event.

For more information contact:

Tracy Perkins
Strategy & Communications
Call: 01386 565517
Email: tracy.perkins@wychavon.gov.uk