About ONE Haverhill Partnership
ONE Haverhill Partnership is an independent partnership that brings organisations and resources together to make them more effective and efficient in the town – providing ONE voice for Haverhill.
Members of the board include all three tiers of local government, the business sector, education, police, health, voluntary sector, Havebury Housing, Abbeycroft Leisure, education and the faith communities, all with one aim – improving the quality of life for people in Haverhill.
The beginning of ONE Haverhill Partnership
In 2011, Haverhill was chosen to be one of 12 pilots for the Government’s new neighbourhood community budget programme with the aim of ONE Haverhill Partnership enabling organisations to communicate and work together.
The Haverhill Community Budget set out to achieve change for the town initially in two areas – better opportunities for our young people and improving the physical environment in the town, all priorities decided on by extensive community engagement with local residents in Summer 2013.
The success of apprenticeships
In September 2013, ONE Haverhill Partnership unveiled plans for a unique youth project for the town which was been made possible by the collaboration between local authorities, business, education and other partners.
What started as a reasonably modest aim of creating an additional 10 apprenticeship posts in the town in the first year developed into a plan to open a ‘One Stop Shop’ for the young people of Haverhill incorporating career development, youth leisure activities and access to youth services.
This was been made possible by the collaborative nature of ONE Haverhill Partnership, working with Job Centre Plus, West Suffolk College, Suffolk County Council, Haverhill Town Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
A Youth Skills Manager has been in post since autumn 2013 and is responsible for pioneering a business and education partnership to create more apprenticeships, traineeships, work experience placements, mentoring and other workplace training in the town.
Our key priorities
In the last few years, ONE Haverhill Partnership has outlined a number of key priorities. Within all of these priorities, our overriding aim is to drive change to improve the lives of those who live, work and visit Haverhill.
Delivery of ONE Haverhill Partnership’s work is delegated to five main task groups:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
- Education, Training and Employment
- Town Centre Masterplan
Each of these task groups have highlighted aims, aspirations and initiatives which they will be focusing on over the next three years, as outlined in the ONE Haverhill Partnership Business Plan, covering the period 2017-2020.
“I feel very privileged to chair an aspiring and inspiring organisation that combines all three tiers of local government, the business, education and voluntary sectors, police, faith and health organisations and representatives from Havebury Housing and Abbeycroft Leisure.
It is a strong mix of experience and commitment all working together for one sole purpose – to improve the lives of those who live, visit and work in Haverhill.
When I was elected as chair of ONE Haverhill Partnership, I wanted to continue the great work of my predecessor Sarah Howard.
I wanted to harness the collective power and goodwill of our strong board and bring about real change within our community.
John Mayhew – chair of ONE Haverhill Partnership
“I was delighted that the Government chose Haverhill as one of only 12 places in the country to pilot the new community budget programme and I think it is great that ONE Haverhill Partnership has chosen to invest in our young people. Ensuring that young people in Haverhill have the skills they need to fulfill their potential is something I am hugely passionate about.”
Matthew Hancock – MP for West Suffolk