2019 Conference

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2019: Reconnecting People and Place: Shaping the Future in Cheshire & Warrington.

This year’s event was hosted by Cheshire East Council as part of the Sub-regional arrangements. As the showcase event of the Sub-regional calendar, this was the ninth Cheshire & Warrington Annual Summer Conference. The purpose was to explore ways in which we can reconnect the two key agendas of “people” and “place”.

Delegates, from the public, private, academic, voluntary/community and youth sectors, included Council Leaders, Chairs of Boards, Chief Executives, Directors and Heads of Service from across the system, as well as Youth Parliament representatives. They came together to discuss ways in which they can build an inclusive economy, which invests in the wellbeing, connectedness and productivity of the area and its people.

The event was opened by Councillor Sam Corcoran, the Chair of the Sub-regional Leaders’ Board and Leader of Cheshire East Council. Cllr Corcoran set the tone by saying that climate change is the greatest challenge facing our generation, as “a focus on the wellbeing of our place and the wellbeing of people in our place”.

More than 100 delegates heard keynote speeches from Mike Hawking, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Sarah Longlands, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North; and Dr Rebecca Collins, the University of Chester.  Each highlighted both national and local considerations and opportunities for creating places which work for the people who live, work and visit them.

“Key note speakers really set the scene and framed the day!”

The conference also featured a number of expert Breakout Sessions which focussed on young people’s priorities, community infrastructure, long term unemployment, the Local Industrial Strategy, NHS five and ten year plans and shaping the social care market in Cheshire & Warrington.

“There was a good mix of guest speakers and also break out group discussions.”

A select range of display materials were made available by Sub-regional partners, to illustrate spatial and place developments; these were joined by the People’s Powerhouse, a movement which supports community voices to be heard by the Northern Powerhouse.

An artist in residence created a graphic display of the conference to capture activity and illustrate the themes emerging from the day.

For further information about the conference, please follow the links below:

Conference Information Booklet

Conference Slide Pack.

Conference Breakout Session Notes

Conference Photographs: Speakers; Breakout Sessions 1; Breakout Sessions 2; Plenary & Close