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 

  Member  Organisation
Rev Roger Sutton Strong Communities Board Chair
Angela Brown Health and Social Care Commissioning, Trafford Council
Cllr Catherine Hynes Executive Member for Equalities and Partnerships
Charlotte Brown Gaddum Centre
Claire Alcock Great Places Housing Group
Dan Shleston Thrive Trafford
Dave Litherland Your Housing Group
David Esdaile St. Johns Centre
David Gilbride Greater Manchester Police
Deborah Murray Groundwork
Dominic Cunningham Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
Cllr Dylan Butt Shadow Executive Member for Equalities and Partnerships
Helen Gollins Public Health, Trafford Council
Henry Partridge Data Innovation Lab, Trafford Council

Ian Mitchell

Department for Work & Pensions

Jan Trainor

Integrated Health and Social Care Services

Janet Barker

Early Help Lead, Trafford Council

Jayne Le Ferve

Governance and Community Strategy, Trafford Council

Jenny Hunt

One Trafford Response, Trafford Council

Joan Scott

Trafford College

Joanne Cherrett

Trafford Leisure
Jonathan Yates Citizens Advice Trafford

Cllr Karen Barclay

Shadow Executive Member for Constitutional Reform and Resident Engagement

Kirsten Warren

National Trust
Mark Dyble South Trafford Community Representative

Mark Nesbitt

Voluntary Community Action Trafford

Cllr Mike Freeman

Shadow Executive Member for Constitutional Reform and Resident Engagement

Mike Reed

Economic Growth, Trafford Council
Paul Nethercott Manchester University Hospital
Paula Lee Pennine Care Health Trust

Ralph Rudden

Sale West and Ashton Partnership
Rob Miller Housing Options Service Trafford
Sharon O'Shea Trafford Coordination Centre
Sharon Winn Transformation and Resources, Trafford Council
Sheridan Hilton One Trafford Partnership
Tara Horner Arawak Walton Housing

Tara Logan

Irwell Valley Homes

Tom Wilde

Trafford Housing Trust
Tracy 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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