Strong Communities Board

The Strong Communities Board provides a bridge between the Trafford Partnership and the residents, communities and neighbourhoods of Trafford. It ensures that the Trafford Partnership is delivering effective and efficient services that reduce inequality and improve outcomes, whilst at the same time enabling residents, communities and neighbourhoods to take control, engaging and empowering them to deliver activity and achieve outcomes for themselves.

Building Strong Communities

The Strong Communities Board has published a comprehensive Strategy for Building Strong Communities in Trafford, highlighting the importance of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and the changing role of businesses, public services and residents. It brings together key themes underpinning national and local agendas, including devolution, early help, shaping demand and locality working, into a coordinated vision for effective partnership working. This will be achieved through mutually beneficial relationships between organisations, across sectors and with residents and communities, which will drive innovation, collaboration and meaningful co-production.

Read the Strategy for Building Strong Communities

The Key Objective of the Strong Communities Partnership is:

Partners and people work effectively together to improve outcomes for individuals, families, communities and localities.

Priority Outcomes:

  • Local people are enabled and empowered to achieve their ambitions.
  • Individuals and families in vulnerable situations are supported to improve and sustain their quality of life.
  • Trafford has a thriving voluntary and community sector.
  • Partners are supported and challenged.

The Strong Communities Partnership will facilitate this by:

Working with partners

  • Sharing intelligence with and influencing the thematic and locality partnerships in order to increase access, resilience and reduce inequalities, ensuring the collection and sharing of good practice.
  • Providing constructive challenge of partners’ strategies and plans in order to increase access and reduce inequalities.
  • Sponsoring practical work and action that would be too risky for a single partner alone to undertake e.g. highly innovatory work or controversial work.

Working with residents

  • Strengthening and developing neighbourhood and communities’ identity and activity, including the development of community and neighbourhood leadership.
  • Encouraging the sharing of partner resources, including community buildings and other assets, to enable citizens, neighbourhoods and communities to play their full part in delivering the Trafford 2021 Vision.
  • Acting as a strategic broker for the locality and communities agenda with public sector agencies and other partners.

Working with the third sector

  • Providing strategic support and action to ensure a thriving voluntary, community and faith sector to serve the people of Trafford.
  • Maximising the opportunities presented by national government policy and funding to strengthen the participation and contribution of individuals, neighbourhoods, communities, and the third sector.
  • Supporting the pooling of resources by partners through community budgeting and monitoring the effectiveness of Voluntary Sector Grant consortia.

Membership of the Strong Communities Board 

 John Charlton
  Member  Organisation
Rev Roger Sutton (Chair) Local faith leader
Adrian Bates Partnerships and Communities Manager, Trafford Council
Andrea Spamer Irwell Valley Housing
Angela Brown Early Help Commissioning, Trafford Council
Charlotte Brown Gaddum Centre
Claire Alcock Great Places Housing Group
Councillor Catherine Hynes Shadow Executive Member, Partnerships and Communities
Councillor Laura Evans Executive Member, Partnerships and Communities
Dan Shelston Thrive Trafford
Dave Litherland Your Housing Group
David Esdaile St.Johns Centre
Deborah Murray Groundwork
Dominic Cunningham Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue
Fiona Murray Trafford Youth Trust
Helen Gollins Public Health, Trafford Council

Ian Mitchell

Department for Work & Pensions

Jan Trainor

Integrated Health and Social Care Services

Janet Barker

Early Help Lead, Trafford Council

Jayne Allison

Adactus Housing Association

Jenny Hunt

One Trafford Response, Trafford Council
Jo Cherrett Trafford Leisure

Joan Scott

Trafford College

Joanne Hyde

Transformation and Resources, Trafford Council

John Charlton

Greater Manchester Police
Jonathan Yates Citizens Advice Trafford

Liz Baxter

Safer Communities, Trafford Council 
Mark Dyble South Trafford

Mark Nesbitt

Voluntary Community Action Trafford

Mike Reed

Economic Growth, Trafford Council
Paul Nethercott Manchester University Hospital
Paula Lee Pennine Care Health Trust
George Devlin Carrington and Partington Vision 2031

Ralph Rudden

Sale West and Ashton Partnership
Rebecca Horton Supported Housing, Trafford Housing Trust
Rob Miller Housing Options Service Trafford
Sharon O'Shea Trafford Coordination Centre
Tara Horner Arawak Walton Housing

Tom Haworth

Sports Relationship Manager, Trafford Council
Tom Wilde Social investment, Trafford Housing Trust

Tracey Clarke

Clinical Commissioning Group

Agendas and minutes from all meetings are available on request by emailing

Terms of Reference for the Strong Communities Board.


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