North East Essex Neighbourhoods

What is neighbourhood working?

Neighbourhood working brings communities, health, social care and voluntary organisations together to improve the health and wellbeing of a local community.

This is a new way of working and the ‘joined up approach’ is already making a positive difference for local people.

Each community will be invited to create their own vision of what a healthy neighbourhood looks like. We want you to live a full and active life with easy access to the support, care and treatment you may need.

Health and social care providers and voluntary organisations will work more closely together in Local Neighbourhood Teams (LNTs) to help communities bring their vision to life.

Using local knowledge and local health data, an action plan will be established using the existing strengths of the community as building blocks.

Neighbourhood working will tackle some of the social and economic problems that can affect our health.  It will help to reduce inequalities and create more patient-focussed health and social care services for each community.

The Colchester Central Live Well Neighbourhood Team assemble at the official opening of the One Colchester Hub on Long Wyre Street, April 2022
The Colchester Central Live Well Neighbourhood Team assemble at the official opening of the One Colchester Hub on Long Wyre Street, April 2022

What factors impact upon your health?

Our environment: 5%

Housing quality and our built environments.

Healthcare: 10%

Being able to access good quality care.

Social and economic circumstances: 15%

Education, employment, income, family/social support, community, safety.

Chart depicting the percentage impact of different factors can have on a person's health

Genetics: 30%

Your genes can directly cause or increase your risk of developing a wide range of medical conditions.

Our behavious: 40%

Smoking, diet, alcohol use, poor sexual health.

What is a Live Well Neighbourhood Team?

The core Live Well Neighbourhood Team (LNT) is composed of a manager, community connector and engagement lead with representatives from key local organisations. These members come together regularly to discuss the cases of those citizens that would benefit from the support of more than one organisation and see how they can most effectively work together to provide that support.

Other organisations may participate in these meetings depending on the needs of the individual or family concerned.

A Live Well Neighbourhood Team has already been set up in Colchester Central and other areas will follow. The Colchester Central Neighbourhood includes the town centre, New Town, Berechurch, Prettygate, Shrub End and Stanway.

Help us spread the word

If you work or volunteer in a community setting, help us to spread the word by printing and displaying our leaflet. Thank you.

Meet Tim, Community Connector for the Colchester Central Live Well Neighbourhood Team

Our partners and stakeholders

Core Live Well Neighbourhood Team
  • Community Health Services
  • Primary Care
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • St Helena's Hospice
  • Housing Providers
  • Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service
  • NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Community 360
Extended Live Well Neighbourhood Team
  • Education
  • Essex Wellbeing Service
  • Employment
  • Voluntary Sector Organisations
  • Community Groups
  • Essex Youth Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Garrison
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Healthwatch Essex

Engagement and surveys

Let’s Talk SNEE is our dedicated website for engagement in Suffolk and north east Essex. It contains everything you need to talk to us, share your experiences and be part of decision making to help improve the wellbeing of people across Suffolk and North East Essex.

For the latest surveys to take part in or to ask a question on anything relating to health and social care or something you might like to share visit:

Frequently asked questions

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