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Anchors to strengthen our communities and reduce health inequalities

At the end of January, more than 100 people from across Cheshire and Merseyside took part in an event to strengthen local communities by building ‘anchor institutions’. The event, led by gbp’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Becky Jones, was held to develop an Anchor Institution Charter – a set of principles to help places create collaborations to improve health, wellbeing and the local economy.

Becky is working with Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership to deliver on their aim of establishing an Anchor Institution Charter with an agreed set of principles, anchored in local communities, for as many organisations across the region as possible to adopt. The charter will be reflective of local needs and determine the organisational behaviour required to deliver them. Becky commented:

“I would like to thank everyone who attended the anchor event, it was a huge success, with great attendance and participation. This is such an important area of work, so thank you to everyone involved for making the event so special. The feedback gathered is now being reviewed and will form the basis of the Cheshire and Merseyside Anchor Charter. The initial principles will be shared with members of the local communities to ensure ownership, before being implemented as the Cheshire and Merseyside framework, helping to reduce health inequalities.”

Watch the videos below to hear more from Becky and other speakers at the event.

Graham Urwin, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board Designate Chief Executive:

Shelley Brough, Head of Integrated Commissioning, Cheshire East Council:

Dave Sweeney, Executive Director of Partnerships, Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership:

If you would like to find out more about Becky's work on Anchor Institutions, please email us at:

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