East Hampshire conference shows we must work together

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IMPROVING employment opportunities and healthcare services for the elderly were issues highlighted at a meeting in Havant.

Representatives of public, voluntary and private sector organisations met to discuss issues facing East Hampshire.

The meeting of East Hampshire Community Partnership was held at The Plaza in Havant.

In a speech, Sandy Hopkins, chief executive of Havant and East Hampshire councils, spoke about the need for new thinking and shared approaches.

Brendan Charles, who heads Horndean Community Association, described how his organisation was adopting this partnership working.

Holly Woodward, of East Hampshire Citizens Advice Bureau, ended the day by speaking about the value of the community partnership to the voluntary sector.

Nick Wilson, chairman of the partnership, said: ‘Our role in enabling organisations to work together is even more important when everyone’s budgets are stretched.’