MORE than 150 people helped ‘Shape the Future’ at the Trafford Partnership's annual event on Thursday 25 April. Held at the LifeCentre in Sale, Trafford’s newest conference venue and community space, delegates from across the voluntary, community, faith, business and public sector all came together.

The event was hosted by the Rev. Roger Sutton, chairman of the Strong Communities Partnership.

He formally launched Trafford’s Locality Partnerships, which bring together councillors, statutory agencies and Community Ambassadors to decide local priorities and shape local services. There are four locality partnerships, covering the north, west, central and south of the borough.

The keynote speech was made by Cllr Matt Colledge, leader of Trafford Council and chairman of the Trafford Partnership.

He congratulated partners for their success over the year, which culminated in the Trafford Partnership winning the Best Public Sector Partnership award at the Local Government Awards.

He went on to urge partners to continue working together and embrace the opportunities presented by the partnership’s new approach to locality working.

He said: "I believe Locality Partnerships will enable the people who live and work in a community to work together to not just tackle problems, but also take positive, proactive steps to improve on what is already great about Trafford. There is great energy in our communities, and we must do all we can to encourage, support and harness that energy to achieve the great things that we all want to see, and we all believe can be achieved."

The event also recognised the commitment and contribution Trafford’s thriving third sector makes to our residents and communities, and welcomed members of the Armed Forces who outlined the partnership working taking place in Trafford to support current and ex-serving members.

During the afternoon, delegates created innovative projects to tackle some of the boroughs key challenges: child poverty, adult health and wellbeing, community safety and crime, and local economy, skills and volunteering. Following an entertaining product development and pitch, one project in each locality was awarded £2,500 of start-up funding.

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